Skinnier Jeans for a Thinner Me

On Friday, I weighed in at Weight Watchers (WW); I lost 1.8 pounds last week, bringing my total lost to more than 20 pounds so far.  It feels like a miracle, but it’s not. A miracle, I mean. WW works. For me and so many other people, it really works. It’s a lifestyle that is flexible. Also, and perhaps even more important, my weight loss is the result of me making up my mind and sticking to a plan, one that honestly isn’t all that complicated or difficult. You just have to be ready to embrace a change. And I was. Are you?

Anyway, one of the fun side effects of my weight loss is that I need new clothes. All. New. Clothes. Like from the inside out. But I don’t want to buy all new stuff just yet since I still have a ways to go to reach my goal weight. Still, I needed an interim solution. My jeans, size 12, are saggy and baggy. That’s the good news. The bad news is that not too long ago I bought myself 2 new pairs of size 12 jeans. What to do? My make-it-work solution, at least until I reach my goal weight, was to take those new 12s in! I wasn’t going to remake the waistbands (too much work, even for a sewer like me), but I did something almost as good: I tapered the legs in until they are nice and snug. And I now wear a belt. A belt! I haven’t tucked a shirt in or worn a belt in too many years to tell you how many! The belt and tapering are working, mostly. But I did buy 2 new pairs of jeans when my husband Mike and I were in Atlantic City a week ago. Correction. I bought two size 8 pairs of DKNY jeans that fit me beautifully!

Have you lost some weight? Do your jeans need to be skinnier in the legs to show off your banging new shape? Do you or a friend own a sewing machine? Then save yourself some $ and do what I did:

Turn jeans inside out; use a pin and mark on one pant leg where the jeans begin to flare at the knee.

Fold the jeans in half, as shown; match up the pantlegs exactly. Mark the flare of the 2nd leg using the pin on the 1st leg as your guide. This way both legs will be tapered exactly the same when you sew them.

Mark 1" above the pin you put near where the jean starts to flare at the knee. That top pin, the one 1" above the original, is where you will start to taper off as you sew. See how I tapered off my stitches back into the original seam? That's what you want.This way you keep the same degree of flare below the knee as in the original jeans. See how I did that stitching?

Start stitching right under the pocket seam. You want to start stitching on top of the old side seam and gradually sew a wider seam. Start by using the inside of your presser foot as you seaming guide. From the needle to the inside edge of the pressure foot is a 1/4", which means that you will take your pant leg in 1/2" with every pass you stitch down the leg using the inside of the presser foot as your guide. It's better to have to take another pass down the pant leg than have to rip out a too-generous seam!

See what I mean about using the inside of the pressure foot as your guide? You can see I'm on my 3rd pass down the pant leg. I tried on the jeans after each of the first two passes and still thought the legs were too roomy! Sew using the guideline until you get to the topmost pin marking where you have to begin to taper back into the original seam. You have that 1" to taper in to get to the 2nd pin that marks the beginning of the pant leg flare.

So I went from this:

To this:

Now I gotta go put my ankle up. Doctor’s orders! I have a nasty infection from a cut. I am swollen, red and sore. I took my first antibiotic this morning and hope it quickly starts to knock out the infection. I am not a person who likes to sit around doing “nothing!”

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4 Responses to Skinnier Jeans for a Thinner Me

  1. kim says:

    Congratulations to you! Can’t wait to see YOU!

  2. Carole says:

    You are my hero! Skinny, talented, loving….and you can sew!!

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