High-Water Jeans Become Fashion Jeans
My granddaughter is apparently going to be a super model when she grows up. She is a size 4 around and about a 6 or 7 in height. This has made it very difficult to get her jeans that fit. Even slim size 6 jeans are too big around. The only ones that come close are $30 Levi’s. Neither my daughter nor I want to spend that much on jeans for her. Alicia bought her a few pairs of jeans at the beginning of the summer and before they were worn out, most of them were two inches too short.
The poor girl looked unloved with her ankles showing. Then I got an idea. The girls still had a couple of size 2 jeans and some smaller size 3 jeans lying around the house. So I cut the bottoms off the smaller pants and attached them to some of Sophia’s size 4 jeans. The end result is jeans that fit and look retro. I then sewed hems into three of the smaller jeans to wear as Capri pants. My sewing machine really doesn’t like Jean material so the stitching is bunched up in a few spots, but these are only play pants.
I cut off the bottoms of the old pants and matched them up to the larger pants. I tried to use similar thickness and matching jean types. I then turn both the jeans and the cuff inside out. When the pants legs were big enough to fit around my sewing machine, I machine stitched them together right above the full pant leg’s hem line. When they were too small to fit around my machine, I hand stitched the cuff to the hem of the full leg.
I decided to leave the original jeans intact without cutting off the bottom hem. That way the cuff could be removed for Vivian when she grows into size fours. I then folded under the cut edge on the smaller pants and sewed a zigzag stitch around the bottom. If you don’t look closely, they look like Capri pants.
For two pairs of pants, one for each granddaughter, I sewed a bandanna strip to the bottom of each pant leg. I selected a pair of pants that the legs were wide enough for my sewing machine. Vivian is much shorter than Sophia and doesn’t have the same super model leg problem, but she also wanted a pair of “pirate pants.” She knew that pirates wear bandannas.
All I did was cut off two equal sides of the bandanna about three inches wide. I turned the pants inside out, lined up the strip leaving a one-inch margin. I then attached the bandanna right above the bottom hem line leaving a wide margin on the other end. I sewed the margins together going over the stitching twice, and then cut off the edges.
Both girls love their “new” pants and enjoyed modeling them for me.