DIY Denim: Slim into Flare Jeans

March 17th, 2016

The first time I heard the word ‘slim’ jeans, it was in 2006. Kate was rocking it with high boots, and immediately after we were all looking for THE slim. I needed some time to get used to it. Indeed, wide and flare jeans have always been my favorite. Let me show you this new DIY denim idea!

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Remember this tutorial I made for M6 France some time ago, showing how to make slim jeans?

Today I chose to upcycle my old thrifted pants. From the slim to the flare jeans, there’s only one step ahead. This new style has been made from a very low budget. DIY denim using rests only!

I’ve been inspired by the brand Vetements, and particularly these jeans. This season there are loads of styles, I like classic ones but also this one by Chloe — isn’t this shape play interesting?

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DIY on DRYKORN jeans,
vintage shirt and wool coat,
Versa Versa bag,
Stuart Weitzman shoes (from 2011, still love them!)

For this project patience is required: about two hours are expected! The time you need to prepare the patchwork and to fix it properly to the pants. You’ll see in this video trailer a bit more of my work:

What you need:

– one slim jeans (mine is from DRYKORN)
– denim rests in different tones but equal quality,
– needles, thread, scissors, newspaper sheet, one pen
– one sewing machine.

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Step 1. Cut out the pants until the knit high, on each side.

DIY denim idea: transform slim into flare jeans with this project by Virginie Peny

You should get this:

DIY denim idea: transform slim into flare jeans with this project by Virginie Peny

Step 2. Define the final pant’s width you’d like to have. The size of my triangle was 14 cm wide, 47 cm high. Report it on paper and cut.

DIY denim idea: transform slim into flare jeans with this project by Virginie Peny

Step 3. Assemble diverse denim cuts on a vertical way that will cover completely the triangle. You’ll need 4 cuts. The patchworks should be ideally symmetric — but I guess it’s a question of taste.

DIY denim idea: transform slim into flare jeans with this project by Virginie Peny

Step 4. Put the pants upside down.

DIY denim idea: transform slim into flare jeans with this project by Virginie Peny

Place the triangle on the full jeans opening. Start with the bottom of the triangle at the open’s end first, and fix the rest with needles.

From the slim to the flare: DIY denim idea using jeans rests only

This is the view on the inside, but I recommend to sew the patchwork on the outside. It’s easier to stitch along the denim cuts.

As it’s far not easy to stitch such a narrow width, here one more tip. I start from the triangle top to the left side, half way. Then from the top to the half way right. After this, it makes it easier to finish the work at the pant’s bottom.

From the slim to the flare: DIY denim idea using jeans rests only

Finish the work and cut the threads. After having stitched the four denim pieces, this is what you should get:

From the slim to the flare: DIY denim idea using jeans rests only

At the end, you might also want to add some destroyed effect to the denim. Simply use a metallic lime, and you’re done! I personally didn’t add much, the fabric will get a natural effect with time.

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Voilà, I hope you liked it. More than a trend, it’s timeless! Are you now willing to do your own as well?

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