Recession buster jeans!

April 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Posted in australia, Boutique clothing, Designer, kids clothing | 11 Comments
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I’m sure most of us have a pair of jeans hanging around which fit around the tummy – those adjustable waists rock – but are too short in the legs.  Or maybe you got lucky like me and found a pair at k-mart reduced to $3!  Here is a way to get an extra season from the jeans, or simply a way to create a very cool addition to a little wardrobe and use up fabric scraps.  For a boy, add a cuff instead of the ruffle.


1. Split open the seam of the jeans, usually the inner seam – whichever one isn’t top stitched.  I usually go as far as the pocket.  Cut off the hem.

tshirtgiveaway-00222. Open out the seam and press.  (Now, I missed a few photos of the next steps here, sorry!)


3. Sew on patches!  However you like, there are no limitations.  I back mine with vliesofix (double-sided iron on sticky stuff!) and iron them all on before I sew, but you could do each individually.  The type of stitch you use doesn’t matter either, it depends how much you want fraying.  Experiement with some decorative stitches!


4. Embelish with whatever else you like.  Lace, buttons, patches.  Anything goes!


5. Once you’re happy with your patching, turn inside out then stitch and overlock your seam back together, try and stitch where the original seam was.


6. Make ruffles!


7. Pin ruffle on, then stitch and overlock.


8. Turn rightside out and top stitch the ruffle in place.

jeans019. Find uncooperative model!

If you do make these, I’d love to see photos!


Here are a few more tutorials for embellished jeans!

Quality Time – Hippy Chic

That Darn Kat – Ribbon Jeans Tutorial



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  1. […] Original post by tikiboo […]

  2. These are great Kathryn, and even when your little model is “uncooperative”, she is gorgeous :)!

  3. This is SUCH a fantastic idea!! I think I may have a couple of pairs of Kate’s last winter’s jeans that this might work with. Off to raid the back of the cupboard now!!!

  4. What gorgeous fabrics you have used, they go perfectly with the demin. And I agree with Jen, your little model is adorable even if she is “uncooperative”!

  5. Gorgeous. The jeans and the little one!! I love it.

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  7. Wow Kathryn – these are gorgeous! Who would of thought they were born out of a “recession busting” idea. We can all now afford to dress our kids in designer one off jeans (even if the designer is mum)! Would love to see a boy version.

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  9. The jeans look fantastic. I love the ruffle part most of all. Do you think you could do jeans makeovers for mums too? 🙂

  10. What a fantastic idea! What better way to inject a personal touch to her favourite pair of jeans. This just provides so much inspiration. You could cut fabric swatches from her favourite tshirt, top or skirt that is too small for her to wear. How about those unused pillowcases too, the list of what you could use is endless. Ahhh, if only I could sew!

  11. Gorgeous! I bet I could even find complementing fabrics for both my kids and they’d coordinate. 🙂

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