Skinny jean tailoring for the short girl
October 31, 2013 6:32 PM Subscribe
Please help me find a tailor that can alter skinny jeans properly. So far, I have had bad luck with the two I've tried.
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I'm finally TRYING to get some skinny jeans after being out of fashion for the last couple years (I know, I'm sure there is something that's supplanting it as I write this). I haven't jumped on board in part because I'm short, so my ankles end up where most women's calves are. Getting straight leg, boot cut and flare hemmed hasn't been a problem. Skinny jeans, because they need to be tapered at a different spot, are apparently posing quite a challenge.
Tailor one. Local, new-ish, has previously handled simple hems just fine. First attempt at skinny jean tapering, even though it was on her menu of services (thus leading me to believe she had done, and could do it), left them pretty wide at the ankle; very little tapering from the bottom of the calf. Repair attempt a much better fit, but it's like she took all the material from the front, so the inner seams want to twist towards the front. Also, the hem on the ankle only slightly stretchy, so getting them on and off is difficult (but can be done). Not at all how the original ankle was sewn.
Tailor two. Found someone with high reviews on yelp. The results are even wider at the bottom, like she did very little tapering. Ankle hole has 0 stretch even though the jeans are stretchy and the original ankle hole was stretchy. Same issue with all the material coming from the front. Seams aren't twisting so much, but likely because they're not very tapered at the end. Still it's noticeable how little fabric there is in front compared to the back, and when I look at a "raw" pair of unaltered skinny jeans, it seems like there is only a slight difference between the amount of fabric in the front and in the back. I'm a bit exasperated, so I haven't taken them back to be fixed yet.
I don't know how to find someone that can do these jeans right. I've spent more on the tailoring than the jeans themselves are worth, and so am frustrated that I can't get it done right. I don't know any other short women (To the degree that I am) that get their clothes done, so I have no one to ask recommendations of.
It doesn't seem like the problem is complicated to me, so I don't know why they're so screwed up. However, I don't know anything about sewing, so maybe I'm asking for the impossible. Would appreciate some guidance on how to find a tailor that can do them right. Both said they knew how to do it, but I'm wildly unhappy with the results.
(If location helps, I'm just outside of Milwaukee, WI. I'm guessing it won't).