I was cleaning out my closet the other day and came across a fall 2006 InStyle Makeover issue. I flipped through it, and found a great little article on turning your ‘streamline flared jeans into skinny sensations’ (p. 98). Here’s what the talented fashion editors had to say:
- Un-stitch the seams of a pair of flared jeans from the knee down.
- Take in the inner seams and sew them closed.
- Take in the outer seams, but leave about 8 inches open at the bottom to create side slits.
- Add four cuff-link holes on either side of each slit and top-stitch the seams.
- This leaves you with stovepipe denims that open up to accommodate heels or boots.
Genius! But if this sounds too complicated to you, take them to your tailor (as I would do). InStyle editors estimated that the work would cost between $20-40 for tapering the jeans, $40-50 for finishing the bottom outer slits, and $45 for adding cuff-link holes. You might be able to do some of this yourself, and outsource the harder pieces. Refer to the past post on how to find a good, inexpensive tailor in your area, or just go buy yourself a pair of ready-made skinny jeans. 🙂