D I Y | Tuxedo Jean

For Labor Day weekend, I had some free time on my hand so I did a fun D.I.Y project. I had two pairs of jeans that didn’t fit me anymore, but I didn’t want to get rid of them. I thought that I could create a shape to the jeans that I once loved and give them an update. I hope you love this fun project as much as I do.

If you decide to do this project share your photo on Instagram by tagging @akjack. I would love to see it.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • Ruler
  • (3) Embroidery Thread + Hand needle
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Scissors

 

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STEP ONE:

Take your main pair of pants and cut down the side seams

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STEP TWO:

Take your second pair of pants and mark a 2″ strip down the front of the pant. This will be your stripe that goes down the side of the pant. I decided to include the belt loops. With this 2″ strip, add 1/2″ seam allowance ( 1″ additional). This means your strip will be a total of 3″ wide.

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STEP THREE :

Pin the strip from the contrast jeans to the side seams, overlapping by 1/2″.

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STEP FOUR :

At this point, I had tried on the jeans to make sure I  liked the shape. I realized that I wanted to taper in at the ankle of the pant, as well as trim a bit off at the waist. Shape from your main jean rather than the strip.

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STEP FIVE :

Once you are happy with the shape of your jeans, start stitching down your stripe. I used a basic back stitch to make sure that the seam is secure. You can use what ever stitch you want for your jean.

STEP SIX:

Wash and dry your pants to fray out the ends of your jeans to give it a more worn look and you are good to go!

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