I've had these lonesome pair of jeans just sitting in my dresser for months now with the sad intention of never being worn again. Something was just not right about the way they fit, making them the perfect candidate for the typical, 'try it on with three separate shirts, only to be stuffed back into the drawer' kind of jeans. But alas, I have finally whipped up a solution in making them wearable again! I couldn't resist sharing this project, just in case you had a pair of lonesome jeans yourself. :)
To begin the makeover process, sew lace onto the pockets. I did a simple top stitch around the pocket. Then, I folded the extra lace into the inside and sewed it to only the pocket so it wouldn't be sewn shut. Next cut them into shorts! To make sure I snipped them at the perfect length, I put them on first and cut a small slit onto the side. Cut off the rest of the pant leg on one side, fold the pants in half, and use the first pant leg as a template to cut the other side. Then, begin making scallops! Make a scallop template out of card stock and trace it around the end of the shorts with chalk. If you want all of the scallops to be the same size, first measure the width of the leg and divide it by the amount of scallops you desire. That number should be the size of the scallops you make. I wasn't too picky about it being perfect so I didn't bother measuring out the scallops, which resulted in having one scallop slightly bigger than the rest. I didn't think it made a noticeable difference but if you're worried it won't look right, by all means! Measure away. :) Once you've cut all the scallops, do a zig zag stitch all along the hemline to prevent it from fraying. I made mine a bit messy looking, but if you desire a more clean cut look try a straight stitch instead! Tip* at first mine was a little too messy because I had the tension of the thread too high and it was pulling the fabric. If you run into the same problem, change the tension of the thread.
This was a bit of a wait and see project. Well, I waited, and I saw, and I'm quite pleased with the outcome. It's a bit messier than I initial intended but I actually enjoy it looking a bit tattered. I'm not so sure I would feel the same way if it was any other fabric than denim, but you can be the determiner of that! If you tackle this project, or have in the past, please leave a link! I would love to take a peek.
I'm off to be in a photo shoot for 417 magazine for their bridal issue coming out this summer. I'm quite excited to be on the other side of the camera for a change, (besides my sweet husband snapping outfit photos) so it should be an enjoyable evening at the very least. Hope your Thursday is turning out to be grand. xx