Last year, my sister-in-law Gina went from a respectable size 14 (at least I hope this size is respectable) to a svelte size 4. She gave me a pair of designer jeans that no longer fit her, and they fit me perfectly except for being 6 inches too long! Not wanting to spend the money on a tailor, and not owning a sewing machine yet, I decided to be adventurous and tailor them myself by hand.
So I measured them according to a pair of jeans I had tailored a few years ago, and double checked that length by trying them on. Then I cut off several inches of extra fabric which was in the way, and pinned where I wanted the hem. Over the next several months, I slowly hand stiched the hem while relaxing and watching movies at night with Pete. I finally finished them this week while recovering from a nasty bug, which means I can cross one more thing off my "50 things" list and I have the satisfaction of wearing something I tailored by hand! In this day of fast fashion, where Chinese workers are paid as little as 12-15 cents an hour to churn out cheap clothing for Western buyers who discard this slave labor in landfills for next season's fashion, it feels good to "mend and make do".
Here is the final result:
What are your green or frugal tips?