Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Save your favorite jeans!

Don't you just hate it when your favorite jeans start fraying at the seams and the hem? Who wants to go shopping and have to view yourself in the dressing room mirror? Then you have to break in the new pair to make them as soft and comfortable as the old ones.

I decided to repair my fraying jeans and hopefully get two more years wear. Maybe by then I will have lost another ten pounds and I won't have to avert my eyes from the dressing room mirror.

The first picture is the inner thigh seam. I zig-zagged over the frayed area. The second picture is turned sideways. Sorry!

The bottom left picture is the hem after I took out the stitching to let the hem down. My pants always seem to shrink in length. I pushed the two frayed sides together and held them as they went through the machine with a wide and close together zig-zag.  This also lined up with the raw edge that had been inside the hem. So I gained an inch and stitched the raw edge to make a hem while covering the frayed area.  The picture on the bottom right shows both pant legs.

I'm wearing the repaired jeans as I type this. I hope this helps save your favorite pair!

I'm linking my mosaic to Little Red House Mosaic Monday.


eileeninmd said...

You did a wonderful job repairing your jeans. I hate to give up my favorite soft worn jeans. I hope you have a great day :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's a good reminder to keep things going! I used to work on my son's jeans when they were growing up to get more mileage out of them! Good tips! ♥

Loretta said...

Nowadays, not only for sentiment, but this will certainly be a frugal savings idea! What a great job, the fray is completely gone! Luv

Jo Reimer said...

I do that, too. And how about stitching a decorative braid over the let-down cuff to hide the worn area?
Another way to lengthen jeans is to sew dyed-denim color cotton lace underneath the hem, allowing the lace to show, sort of like the edge of a slip showing under a skirt.

Stephanie said...

Glad to see you are recycling your denims. I used to do that when I was younger.

Icy BC said...

Thanks for sharing this idea. I have a pair of jean that I don't want to part just yet.

Lisa Lothrop said...

Another great idea is to use a product from IronPatches that repairs jeans from the inside by simply ironing on a patch that is designed for the inside of a pair of jeans. The Ultra thin product works great for designer jeans. Their products are available at www.ironpatches.co