Alter Clothes and Cut Costs: Tip-of-the-Day #31


Are the new jeans you bought too long to wear without dragging on the street? I know that’s the “look” these days, but it means having to wash them far more often and it also tends to wear out the bottoms of your pants much sooner than expected.

Instead of paying a seamstress $20 or more to shorten them, do it yourself!

You can:
1. Leave them shaggy on the bottom for a very cute, shabby chic effect.
2. If you are looking for a “tidier” look, you can get hemming tape that irons on to the denim and gives a “just pressed” look.
3. You can add a button to either side of the pant leg and give your jeans a nautical theme by “hoisting them up” so to speak.
4. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, just move the hemline up yourself!

I bring this to the spotlight because I recently picked up some very inexpensive jeans (on super duper discount) and couldn't fathom paying more to alter them than I paid to purchase them! "Recessions" are a great time to get creative with your wardrobe and your own inner seamstress.

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