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I make clothes.
And talk about them.

Welcome. I’m here to talk about creating an intentional wardrobe that is ethical, affordable, beautiful, and comfortable. I mostly make yarn, knit, sew, thrift, and mend to do it.

Low-rise to High-rise Jeans

Low-rise to High-rise Jeans

It’s a short and sweet blog post this week. Due to the fact that I have been exhausted by the flu, the winter, unsleeping kids, and St. Patricks’s Day prep for dance performances.

A few minutes with a seam ripper will take the button band off your too-tight low-rise jeans. I’ve saved this piece for a future project, I’m thinking a backpack strap is in order, but it may end up on a skirt.

A few minutes with a seam ripper will take the button band off your too-tight low-rise jeans. I’ve saved this piece for a future project, I’m thinking a backpack strap is in order, but it may end up on a skirt.

I grew up in the age of super-low flared jeans. Now that trends (and my body) have changed considerably, I’ve been dabbling in adjusting the fit of some of my jeans.

These Hydraulic jeans were purchased 5 or 6 years ago from a consignment store. They’ve held up relatively well with only one small patch required in a knee. However, they’ve always been very tight at my waist and awfully low-cut.

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The other day, I pulled a pair of pants out of my mom’s Goodwill delivery box since I’m always on the hunt for black fabric to refashion. Upon building up my courage, I cut the top of these pants (which were short, poor fitting and made out of an acrylic that no one wants to sit in all day long).

Then I used a seam ripper to remove the top band of my jeans. This was scary, but went quite quickly. The only hiccup was that one of the rivets on the pockets had actually caught the band fabric in, but it came out with a tug after a few attempts.

After that, it was merely a matter of sewing the stretchy pants top onto the old jeans. This means the zipper is now sewed permanently closed, but it hasn’t been a problem. These pants are plenty high now, and don’t give me a muffin top anymore. Do they look like maternity jeans? A bit. But I don’t really mind at all since they’re comfy and a shirt covers that if I want it to. I foresee doing this a few more times in my future.

10 Minute Mitten Mend

10 Minute Mitten Mend

Handspun Mittens :-D

Handspun Mittens :-D