March 26, 2022

Altering Clothes

Normally, I would post a recipe today (or a vegan recipe "taste test") but I didn't make a new recipe during the week and today I was very busy. So I'll post that tomorrow and today, I'm just going to make this a short post.

I had a pile of clothes (mainly jeans) that have piled up in my closet waiting to be altered somehow--hemmed or patched or taken in, or just repaired in some way. So, I pulled them all out and tried them on, then pinned things that needed altering. I sat down and got to work ripping seams, pinning hems, etc.

I had a couple of pairs of jeans that were a little too short for my liking, and instead of adding a contrasting fabric to the bottom or just donating them, I ripped out the hem and then ironed them totally flat with a raw edge. I have a pair of jeans like that that I absolutely LOVE and I think it makes the bottom look really unique. Here is a pair that I did today...

On the left is the regular hem and then on the right is where I ripped the stitches from the hem and then unfolded and ironed it flat. The edges will fray a bit in the washer, and I really like how they turned out. Let me see if I can find a pic of my other ones that are like that...

Those were from Salvation Army, so I'm not sure if they were meant to be like that or if someone just did what I did with the hem, but I really love them.

I really don't like straight-leg jeans (my calves are enormous and they look terrible on me) so there are a couple of pairs that I'd like to flare out the legs at the bottom somehow with contrasting fabric. They may not turn out, but they are from the thrift store, so if they don't work it's not big deal.

Anyway, now I have all the clothes pinned and ready for the sewing machine, so I'll work on that tomorrow (after I make a new recipe!). 

Here is today's random fact of the day weekend:

The only thing I really know about ostriches is what I saw on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, haha. He had to try to "catch" an ostrich and it was terrifying to watch! He had to try to slide a hood over the ostrich's head which apparently makes them docile. Even Mike was very skeptical about trying to do it! It's crazy how fast they can run.


  1. So funny how everyone has their own jeans issues. I have 'strong' thighs but skinny calves so I find it really hard to find jeans that don't strain at the seams on my thighs and then flap around my calves. I care less now but caused me a lot of anxiety in my youth.

  2. Good work on the jeans. You're so handy!

  3. As an under 5'0 person, I cannot wear anything other than skinnies or straight legs; otherwise I look so short and squat. Flared jeans make my legs look super short.

    I think you just haven't found the right straight legs yet! And honestly I don't think your calves look huge when you've worn running tights in photos here :)


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