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.



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


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

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



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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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.


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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