depicting a tape measure and a pair of scissorswhich can be used to have tailored denim jeans

Can Denim Jeans be Tailored?

Unless you’re just about to pay a mortgage for a pair of custom, bespoke jeans, choosing the perfect pair could be fun.  According to statistics, you’re probably one of the millions around the world who suffer from ill-fitting jeans. But don’t worry, the problem isn’t with your body. You are perfect in your current state.

You can get great-fitting jeans off the rack or tailor them to fit you almost perfectly with a little tailoring. Tailoring jeans, a tight-fitting garment for the masses, may appear excessive. However, if you live in your denim pants every day, minor changes can make a big difference.

However, altering your jeans is not the same as altering your dress pants. It necessitates a little more talent and more countermeasures for each operation. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What can be altered in a pair of tailored denim jeans?

To make your pants flatter your body, take in a larger waist, remove excess length, as well as baggy legs. So, let’s know how to do each of them!

Altering the Length:

It’s the simplest way to change the look of your jeans. Only the excess fabric must be cut off, and the hems must be redone. However, the trick is to redo them without cutting the fabric. To do so, take the jeans to a tailor and have them fitted.

The tailor will mark the correct length with pins or chalk. Just make sure you’re wearing the shoes you’ll be wearing the most with that pair of denim jeans, so the tailor doesn’t cut it too short so it doesn’t mop the floor while walking.

Altering the Waist:

Many curvy women struggle to find a pair of jeans that fits them perfectly around the waist. Regrettably, they frequently end up with loose jeans at the core. The waistband can quickly be nipped in by an experienced tailor. If the jeans you’ve tried on require over 1.5 inches of waist adjustment, it’s best to put them back on the shelf and look for a more figure-flattering pair or be prepared to wear them with a belt.

Otherwise, you’ll face a lot of trouble (and spend a lot of money) if you ask your tailor to alter the hips, the front forming of the jeans, as well as the pocket placement.

Altering the Legs:

So, you’ve got the perfect jeans that fit perfectly in the waist and hips but are a little too baggy on the thighs. The tailor will mark the legs of the jeans along the inseam length, turn the fabric inside out, and stitch in this case. The extra fabric will be cut away or sewn inside.

The tailor may need to re-do them if you really want to take in the calves and thighs of the jeans. Cutting your denim jeans legs is a fairly simple adjustment for the experienced tailor as long as you do not want major changes to the style of your jeans (— for example, go from flare to skinny) that could cost you double what you can spend for a new pair of skinny jeans. Obviously, you can always switch from straight to skinny-leg jeans.
Tips for Tailoring Jeans:

Some tips can be used when you are thinking of having  tailored denim jeans, include:

Know which pair of jeans can you alter?

Some types of denim are more difficult to alter than others. A pair of jeans should already fit you well in the rise (where the waistband gets to sit on your body), hips, and crotch. If the jeans are too high or low on the waist, don’t cling to your hips, are too tight around the waist, or don’t fit perfectly at the crotch, so it’s time to part ways and look for another pair that does.

Other fit issues (such as gapping at the waist, a too-long length, or overly baggy legs) can be easily rectified by taking them to a tailor to have excess fabric taken in (or removed).

To avoid shrinkage, wash your jeans before altering them:

You should wash a new pair of jeans several times before taking them in for alterations. Turn your jeans inside and outwash in cold water on the delicate washing mode of your machine before hanging them to dry. Washing your jeans several times ensures that they won’t shrink any further and that the tailor can work the “final” length and shape.

Wear your shoes during designing of tailored denim jeans:

Wear the sneakers/shoes you plan to wear with jeans the most during tailoring. It helps you and the tailor to decide the length. Remember that when you’ve decided on a length based on heel height, you’ll only be able to wear shoes with similar heel height. If you have a wide variety of shoe styles, not every denim will go with every shoe. For example, some will go with flat loafers and flip flops but not even with your dress shoes.

As such, when having your pants hemmed, consider which footwear you’ll be wearing them with the most. And once you’ve made your decision, make sure you take those shoes with you to the tailor.

Taper jeans with excessively wide-legged:

Excessively wide-legged jeans, also known as elephant legs, do not look good. It can make your legs look stumpy and short.  When jeans are shortened, this often happens unintentionally. The tailor brings them up without noticing the new base of the jeans is frumpy wide. So, confirm the width of the denim around the new hemline to check if they need to be tapered. Some jeans only require a slight taper above the ankles, while others require a nearly knee-high taper.


So, we come to know how jeans can be tailored, what you have to consider before are the areas of jeans that can be altered. I hope this guide will help you to solve your queries regarding denim jeans tailoring.