Perfect Jeans

08/05/2009

I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased right now. I found exactly what I was looking for—a pair of crisp, dark-wash, work-appropriate  jeans—at Old Navy on clearance for $7.50. (I don’t even look at the regular-priced jeans anymore.) The jeans were almost perfect. They were about 1/2″ too long and the waistband was too loose. Don’t you hate that about ON jeans? The hips fit fine but when I sat down the waistband flung wide open in the back. After reading this so-so tutorial on bringing in the waistline on loose-fitting jeans, I decided to try sewing darts in the back.

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(Sorry, there was a smudge on my lens … in ALL of these pictures.)

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After that went pretty smoothly, I thought I’d also tackle hemming the bottoms to the perfect heel-length.

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The darts don’t lay perfectly flat since the denim is so think. I think a shirt will cover it most of the time, though.

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I wonder if I should have made them a little shorter since I usually end up wearing flats. I guess this is my motivation to wear heels more often.

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No more “window to the crack” in the back.

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