- Purple cardi: Gap Outlet
- Gray nursing cami: Target
- Black jeans: thrifted and “skinnied” by me
- Orange pumps: Dolce Vita, via solestruck
Though this is just a simple outfit for running errands, I need to momentarily crow about the pair of jeans I’m sporting here. These indeterminately colored jeans were part of my thrifting haul a few weeks ago. They were bootcut and, as such, were quite flattering. But I’ve been having a hankering for a slimmer fit on my bottom half and decided that this $5 pair would serve as the perfect sacrificial lamb for another foray into DIY land. (That’s a mixed metaphor.)
As Sal wrote a few weeks ago, taking a scissors, needle, and thread to your existing wardrobe is a great way to revamp your wardrobe for practically free. I’m far from a skilled seamstress, but I know my way around a sewing machine well enough to hack at existing pieces in an attempt to tailor them more to my needs or taste. I’ve chopped and hemmed pants to make bermudas, shortened dresses, and even done a few more complicated reworkings, like the orange maxi-dress-turned-drapey-knee-length-number.
A quick Google search resulted in a plethora of written and video tutorials on how to make skinny jeans. I ended up primarily following the advice of this one and using a pair of my pre-preggers straight leg jeans as an additional guide. It took a couple rounds of experimenting (better to sew too wide than too narrow!), but I’m pleased with the results. This is my version of “skinny”: more straight than tapered, skimming over the hip but with a close enough fit to appear on trend.