How to give your jeans an awesome makeover

how to makeover jeans

I don’t know what it is, but I went through a phase where I just refused to buy jeans in the right size. I always went for ones that were a size too big for me.

These jeans were from that era. Massive at the waist. Way too long.


I left them in the closet and tried to forget about them.

how to makeover jeans

But then, my favourite pair of dyed jeans kicked the bucket and I was forced to do something proactive.  And so, I followed this great skinny jeans tutorial from Liz at Cotton & Curls and did a little taking in at the waist at the sides (how to below).

Now I can be spotted all over town (currently cruising around the various Cambridge Film Festival events) wearing these jeans, my favourite boots, and a second-hand leather jacket.

And life is pretty good.


How to give your jeans an awesome makeover

how to makeover jeans

You will need



tailors chalk

sewing machine




To take in the jeans at the waist:

1 Turn the jeans inside out and try them on.

2 Pinch the sides where you’d like to take into. Try to take into account how much ‘give’ is in the jeans. You don’t want to take them in, only to find they have no stretch to get over your hips.

3 Using tailors chalk mark where you want to take the jeans in.

4 Make sure you pin the waistband so the stitching at the front is matched up (otherwise when you sew it the stitching will be all wonky!). Sew away.


To turn the jeans into skinnies:

Follow along with Liz’s tutorial… and you’re now the proud owner of a new pair of skinnies. Go off and enjoy yourself.

  1. Reply
    Anna @ IHOD

    You are inspiring me to re-work some of my old jeans. You are a beaut! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Very nice to meet you last night! Your blog is lovely – can't believe you only started it recently, it's so professional looking! 🙂

  3. Reply

    Thanks for all the lovely comments. I'm not going to lie, this refashion has me keeping a beady eye out for more jeans and trousers to restyle. A pair of tartan trousers would be my dream find. Watch this space. 🙂

    x Elena

  4. Reply
    his little lady

    Oh, how fun! I love this little tutorial. Gorgeous!!
    xo TJ

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