How To Make Skinny Jeans By Hand
Skinny jeans are a popular trend this year, and that might leave you wondering how to make skinny jeans by hand. Look for a skinny jeans or leggings pattern in your size. Also, check to see if the pattern is labeled 'easy' or 'beginner' unless you have some sewing experience. Starting with the right pattern for your skill level will make the whole project go better. Pick up the denim or stretch denim according to he pattern envelope's 'recommended fabrics' section. Collect the sewing notions you need before you get started cutting and sewing. The recommended notions will be listed on the pattern envelope.
The things you need to make skinny jeans by hand are:
- 2 yards denim or stretch denim (estimate only - check pattern envelope for specific lengths)
- Skinny jeans pattern
- Straight pins (ball point if you are using stretch denim)
- Tailor's chalk
- Sewing machine
- Notions, such as zipper or elastic
- Wash and dry the fabric. If the fabric is not preshrunk before you make your skinny jeans they might not fit after you wash them the first time.
- Fold the fabric in half with the selvage edges together. The selvage edges are the sides that were not cut.
- Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Line up the arrows printed on the skinny jeans pattern with the fabric's grain-line.
- Cut out the jeans following the markings for your size. Most patterns have more than one size, so check the directions to see which marking represent the size you are making.
- Remove the straight pins. Transfer marking from the pattern onto the skinny jeans fabric using the tailor's chalk.
- Pin the fabric pieces together, lining up notches and tailor's chalk marks, according to the pattern directions.
- Sew the pinned skinny jeans sections together according to the directions. Use a straight stitch to make the seams, and then go back to finish the seams using a zigzag or blanket stitch.
- Refer to the printed directions that came with the pattern frequently. This is important because the directions will tell you the easiest time to add notions, such as a zipper or elastic.