I LOVE thrift store shopping. Its seen me through the health related 30 pound weight fluctuation I've gone through 3 years in a row now (and of course pregnancies before that). I feel free to dress and enjoy whatever size I'm in without shaming myself in frustration that not only I'm bigger or smaller but stressed about spending money on more clothes. I can get a usable full "mom" wardrobe for about $50 in a pinch--but usually its just a pair of pants or something I need. Today I tried on several pairs and a few fit--yay! This pair was priced at 3.50. Not bad for 7forallmankind, right?
|Check out this brand's regular prices, yo!|
But I noticed a big gaping hole in the fly when I tried them on. Ooops! Don't think they noticed that when they set them out. It looked easy to sew, and right on the seam, so I asked for a discount and paid 1.99.
To make my 99.9% discount deal totally worth it, I hit the sewing machine right when I got home. That seam was stitched back up in about 30 seconds and then I got out the scissors. Both of the jeans I found fit great but were extremely short. I'm guessing that's why no one bought them already because they were both awesome brands. Anyway, I was thrilled to find them at any length because my plan was to make shorts or capris anyway. That I do not have in this current, chubby size :).
Out came the sewing scissors. I decided to cut right below the knee. I lay the cut off portion over the other leg before cutting to make sure I get them exactly even.
Then I stitched about 1/2 inch in (no rolling--not hemmed). The stitch is just to set a stopping point so that the edges can fray. I've done this before for my kids' cut-offs and it does well in keeping the fringy cut off look, without being un-even. So they look like store bought cut offs if you will. Then I do a second row of stitching above the first for reinforcement.
|This picture is actually the other pair|
The last step for all of my thrifted purchases was to hit the laundry. They all need that used smell rinsed out :) and the cut offs need a few washes, dries, and then clippings to get the perfectly civilized frayed look. I'll post pictures when that process is complete.