Converting your old jeans into new hipsters!
1. Make sure the zipper on your chosen pants stays up on its own as you lose the button.
2. Any kind of pants (or skirts for that matter) can be used, but as jeans are the most casual, mistakes can be turned
into funky deconstructive details.
1. Take a pair of jeans and
A) cut off the waistband (to create a pant with binding at the top)
B) carefully remove the band using a stitch ripper or small scissors (for a faced, raw edge top). If youd like belt loops
on your "new " pair save those and also save the large label at the back to use as an additional belt loop.
2. A - throw away the waistband.
B - Cut the waistband in half lengthwise, cut the button and hole sections off the
ends of the band, and sew together to form one longer strip. This will form a facing which could be eliminated but you run
the risk of the waist stretching out and inspiring a resurgence of "just say no to crack" t-shirts.
3. For either method now is a good time to stay stitch around the raw edge. Be sure to catch the top of the pockets to
keep them in place in further steps.
4. A- take bias tape or ribbon, fold it in half lengthwise and stitch to the jean top enclosing the raw edge. If working
with bias tape sew the slightly narrower side to the right side of the pants. Then just fold it over to the back along the
fold line and sewing from the outside "stitch in the ditch" to secure. Sew a hook and eye or snap on the under lap at the
front to help the fly stay closed.
B - Sew a line of stitching about one quarter of an inch from the raw edge attaching the old waistband, new facing. You
can get technical and do double stitching or fold under and topstitch down the ends of the facing first if it pleases! Then
from the inside sew along the bottom edge of the facing (which should still be folded).
5. If you saved the belt loops topstitch them back on.
These are just the basics. Now you could get fancy and repeat the ribbon / bias tape/ fraying detail on other edges,
make a matching shirt with cuffs and collars removed, or just call it a day and run around town showing off the "new pants