How to Turn Your Flared Jeans into Skinnies

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:

  1. Un-stitch the seams of a pair of flared jeans from the knee down.
  2. Take in the inner seams and sew them closed.
  3. Take in the outer seams, but leave about 8 inches open at the bottom to create side slits.
  4. Add four cuff-link holes on either side of each slit and top-stitch the seams.
  5. 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. 🙂 

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