I went jeans shopping this past weekend (lost all my baby weight from past two pregnancies! Wahoo!). Raise your hand if you HATE trying to find pants that fit. I know I'm not alone. I was reminded of how frustrating the task is. After trying on jeans for two hours and rubbing my left hip raw I finally found two pair that fit my waist. I wasn't in love with them, but they were comfortable and I was exhausted. I ended up with two pair of Levi's Bold Curve jeans with a classic rise. The waist and inseam fit great (points to Levi's there), the thighs and knee were a bit too generous which left me feeling a bit frumpy. Jeans should smooth and enhance right? I had a pair of Levi's that were handed down to me by a friend (a little shout out to Sara) that I love the fit of. My wheels started turning and I decided that I'd take a chance on altering the leg of my new jeans. I used the handed down Levis as my pattern. I don't have pics of that process but you'll get the idea with the steps below. This is not a full on tutorial but I thought it might be helpful info. Here's a video tutorial of another approach that is also helpful.
Here's what I did: (Note this was a minor alteration in the shape of mostly the upper leg. If you were wanting to try something more drastic like a flared leg to a skinny you would want to take from both sides of the jean leg like mentioned in the video tutorial By Cotton & Curls)
|Here is the adjusted leg with the excess from the original seam.|
|The adjusted leg no longer has extra bulk. Now we're going to fix the other pant leg as well.|
|Iron the outer seams nice and flat with a hot iron. This will help out a lot!|
*Click on the photos to view them larger. The x-large image size was getting cut off on my post.