Skinny Jeans Tutorial

Everyone knows that I’m a junkie when it comes to a good deal. Maternity clothes are no exception. Shortly after finding out we were expecting, I went online to find maternity jeans. There was no way I was going to make myself uncomfortable again with silly belly bands while hoping I don’t have some ridiculous wardrobe malfunction at the same time. It was just my luck that Motherhood Maternity was having a buy one get one free sale. Cha-ching!

I’m short and generally wear a size small, so when the website said order your usual size, I did. Big mistake on my part for not double checking their size chart. The jeans were enormous even after a couple rounds of shrinking. I had a saggy butt, thigh, and too long pant situation going on and it wasn’t pretty. I always feeling like returning items purchased online is a pain so I figured I might as well put my new found sewing skills to use.

This was super easy and quick. You’ll need a sewing machine, serger (preferably or you can do a zigzag stitch), scissors, chalk, and a curved tailor’s ruler.

skinny jeans before after

Step 1: Flip your jeans inside out on a flat surface. Take your chalk and mark a natural looking curve along both side of you jeans. **Best to mark too little than to much.** Sew along your chalk like.

You may need to repeat step 1 several times to get the correct measurements. Once you do, you’ll trace the same pattern on the other leg using your seams from the first leg as a template. ** Be sure to sew a stitch along the crotch just in case **

Step 2: Serge your hems. If you don’t have a serger, try a zigzag stich and some pinking shears.


Step 3: Find a hem length that works for you and iron a 1/2” seam. Fold that over and iron another 1/2” seam so your frayed ends won’t show. Remove your machine flat bed attachment and slide the leg opening onto the machine. Sew down the hem with a 1/8’” hem allowance along the top of the hem.


I was able to finish this project in a little over an hour. The most time consuming part was trying on and removing the jeans until I got step 1 right. Also, be sure to back stitch everything. You don’t want all your hard work falling apart on you.

skinny jean tutorial

On another note. I’m 20 weeks and we have the anatomy scan in less than a week from now. I can’t wait to find out whether baby #2 is a boy or a girl!

20 weeks pregnant

I also can’t believe how much larger my baby bump is this pregnancy! I never bought into the saying that your muscles remember being pregnant and start loosening up much earlier the second time around until now. I’m the same exact weight now as I was at 20 wks the last time, but my bump wasn’t this big until I entered the 3rd trimester with V. Plus, being so short doesn’t leave much room for baby to grow except out. Staying healthy and eating right… hopefully I won’t be letting out the seams of my new maternity skinny jeans.


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  1. 1

    I never thought to make my own skinny jeans. Thansk for the inspiration! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you’ll be back next week!

  2. 2

    Cute bump! You look great in skinny!
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    Thank you so much! I am pregnant with my 4th, my maternity wardrobe needs some SERIOUS sprucing, but I don’t have the extra moolah to go buy new. Converted two old pair of pants to skinny this morning, and they came out great! :)