Adventures in Alterations – Slimming Jeans

Here’s another alteration that may come in handy for petites. You may remember this photo from my “wardrobe misfits” post some time ago. I’ve been thinking about these jeans lately and how I could fix them. They never got much wear (once maybe?), and always felt a little “off”. I like the color, but the fit just wasn’t right. A few commenters noted they looked too big and that I should sell them, but I just wasn’t ready to give up on them.

After scrutinizing them in the mirror, I decided it was the fit in the knee I didn’t like. They fit fabulously in the rear, waist, rise and thigh, but once your eye falls on that knee area and below…it was kind of a baggy, saggy mess.

knee-baggy

As a petite woman who buys regular (non-petite) jeans, and has them hemmed for my height, I find the fit sometimes still isn’t right. Knee-breaks on jeans (the area on the jean leg that is cut to fit at the knee)  is often too low on regular size jeans. My legs aren’t as long as a taller woman’s, so everything needs to be brought up higher, including the knee-break. Most of the time I can get away with it, but for this particular pair of jeans, my knee just wasn’t in the right place.

I took these to a new-to-me tailor that had high reviews on Yelp, and was much closer to me than the tailor I want to use for more difficult alterations. I crossed my fingers that 1) my estimation of what they needed was correct, and 2) the tailor would do a decent job on the alteration.

Here are the jeans post-alterations:

knee-slimmed

And a side-by-side comparison:

knee-baggy-vs-slimmed
Cost of alteration: ~$10

It’s a subtle difference, but the alteration leaves the leg line looking slimmer and neater.

This was an alteration I had never tried before, so it was risky, but a cheaper solution to buying a new pair of jeans. Slimming the knee cost about as much as getting a hem (~$10), so isn’t terribly expensive, and a good option if you have a pair of jeans laying around that isn’t quite as flattering in the leg as you’d like.

Other ways to use this type of alteration:

– Make a boot-cut or flare narrower to better fit your body-type.
– Turn a pair of boot-cut/flare jeans into a skinny or straight leg style.
– Fix any kind of baggyness along the leg or thigh.

Read the Adventures in Alterations series for more alteration tips!

Have you ever slimmed your jeans?

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