DIY Boyfriend Jeans

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

I love the look of boyfriend jeans, but not the price tag that usually goes with them. Justine of the Sewing Rabbit Team is here today showing off how she turned a pair of old men’s jeans and upcycled them into this adorable pair of boyfriend jeans for her!  I am pretty much running to the thrift store after reading this to make my own pair. Love it!

DIY Boyfriend Jeans

I saw some boyfriend jeans with a side stripe sort of like these……

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One Teaspoon jeans (148$)

Then I saw these jeans by Glory ( $248)…..

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So I did what any self respecting DIY blogger would do. I went to the thrift shop to try to make my own!

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

I found some men’s jeans that looked pretty cool. Actually, they were by Diesel so that was a real score for $ 5.99. I took my tape measure and made sure they were going to fit with some ease in the waist and hips. I think boyfriend jeans are way cooler when they are actually MEN’S JEANS. But the fit wasn’t quite right so I had to do some adjustments. It easy enough to do to get the right look which is baggy at the hips, but then tapered in at the ankle with a little cuff.

I took them home and did some distressing . I sewed darning stitches all over them to make them look like they had been mended. There was actually one hole but it looks like several have been patched now.

Then, I dunked them in a black dye bath while they were dry. They came out sort of mottled. I’d probably skip that part if I made them again.

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

They were too long so I would have big thick cuffs when I rolled them up. They would need to be hemmed to my ankle. Then when I rolled them up they wouldn’t be too bulky.

Also, the bottom of the pants looked too, well, boyish! I would need to taper them a little to get the right look when I rolled them up.

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

I cut off the excess length. I drew in a new side seam making sure it wasn’t going to be too tight. I measured my calf and added 1.5 inches ease so it could still be rolled up. I drew the side seam up until just below the knee.

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

I sewed the new side seam, unpicked the old seam and pressed the seam flat.

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

I used my serger to trim and finish the new seam allowance. But a zig zag stitch would also work.

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

Then I folded the hem over 1/4 inch pressed it, then folded it over another 1/2 inch, sewing it.

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

Of course being the trim hound I am, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. I had some trims from the theater lying nearby, so I used a little on my side seams. It reminded me of Mariachi pants. I love Mariachi pants!

DIY Boyfriend Jeans by Justine of Sew Country Chic

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

Justine Abbitt

Contributor at Sewing Rabbit Team
Author of Sew Country Chick, Justine loves to update her 100 year old farmhouse in couture style. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children.

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Comments

  1. Wendy says

    I love these! Totally making some too – I can never find any boyfriend jeans that fit just right and I love the trim detail :-)

  2. says

    Thanks for this tutorial. I have a curvy shape and it’s tough to find already-made jeans like this that look good on me. I have just the pair in my closet waiting to be altered.
    -Natasha

  3. says

    Maybe a dumb question… did you hand sew the trim on? And how did you get the jeans on the machine to do the distressing stitches? Did you take them apart first?

  4. Corneille says

    This is a great idea…wish I had thought of doing this to my teenage boys jeans years ago!! The faux distressing idea is wonderful, it is the ‘look’ without the holes! Great!!

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