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Accidental Cool Jeans

Looking powerful in my cool new jeans!
Looking powerful in my cool new jeans!

In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I am extremely tall — 6 feet tall to be exact — and, most of my length is in my legs. I love to make pants that are long enough, but sometimes I don’t add enough length to the pattern. The pants seem long enough until I yank the center back up a few inches to compensate for my flat derriere, and they turn out too short. Talk about a return to 7th-grade trauma!

This is what happened with my beloved boot-cut jeans from a couple of years ago. Then I had an idea — skinny jeans can be shorter than boot-cuts, right? I followed Jennifer Stern’s advice on how to taper a pair of boot-cut jeans . I took out the hem in order to create the taper. I was planning to re-sew the hem after tapering, but when I saw the cool shibori look at the bottom of my well-worn jeans, I decided to leave them unhemmed. Now the jeans are longer, trendy AND tapered. Win-win-win for me!

Shoes handmade in Missoula by Bean_an_ti.
Shoes handmade in Missoula by Bean_an_ti.

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