How to Make Skinny Jeans for Guys

Use stretch jean material, which includes 2% to 4% spandex, to give flexibility to the skinny jeans.
Use stretch jean material, which includes 2% to 4% spandex, to give flexibility to the skinny jeans. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Skinny jeans are tightly-fitted jeans which narrow and taper considerably through the calves and ankles. This style of jeans are popular among women and European and Asian men, but have only recently been popular among men in the United States. According to The Wall Street Journal, skinny jeans for men are a growing retail sub-sector in the United States. Indeed, with stars such as Justin Timberlake and Kanye West showing off their sculpted legs in the tight denim and retailers such as Diesel, Gap, Rock & Republic and 7 for All Mankind advertising the style, skinny jeans for men or guys are arguably becoming a mainstream urban look.

Things You'll Need

  • Skinny jeans or narrow jeans for men pattern
  • Jean fabric
  • Soft measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine thread
  • Zipper and button
  • Sewing machine

Buy a men's skinny or narrow-legged jeans pattern from an online catalog such as Burda or at a fabric store. A narrow-legged jean pattern can be modified into a skinny jean pattern by further tapering the fabric pattern at the calf and ankle.

Buy denim fabric from a fabric store or online. You should feel the denim to give yourself an idea of how tightly it will fitted to the leg. Look for fabric that is flexible, such as stretch denim which includes 2% to 4% spandex. While some men may find the the idea of wearing spandex unusual, retail skinny jeans for men, such as those made by 7 for All Mankind and Rock & Republic, use spandex.

Buy thread and any other items listed on the pattern envelope for the jeans, such as a zipper and button for the crotch.

Take the wearers body measurements, beginning with the crotch. For a comfortable fit, first measure the crotch seam of a pair of pants that already fit the wearer comfortably. Compare the length to the pattern crotch length and make alternations as necessary. Skinny jeans often have a tighter crotch than usual as many male wearers sacrifice mobility and leg rotation for the tight-fitted look. However some guys may prefer a more comfortable fit. To lengthen the skinny jeans pattern, add a paper strip and tape it in place based on the measurements taken from the existing pair of jeans.

Take the remaining measurements required as listed on the pattern, such as inseam, waist, hips, waist to knee, knee to ankle, and the circumference of the thigh, knee, calf and ankle of the wearer.

Cut out all of the pieces of the paper pattern. Lay the denim fabric on a flat surface. Put the jean pattern cut-outs on the denim fabric. Pin each piece carefully. Cut out each pinned piece following the dotted line that best fits the wearers measurements.

Pin together the pieces of the jeans. Hold up to the wearer, and based on the measurements of the calf and ankle, contract into a gentle taper based on the measurements of the circumference of the calf and ankle using pins to both the inseam and the outer seam of the jeans to get the skinny jeans look.

Sew all of the pieces of the jeans together in the correct order following the pattern using a sewing machine. Add additions such as zipper, pockets and belt loop holes last.

Check the fit of the jeans by having the wearer fit on the jeans and make any necessary modifications for the best fit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add zippers at the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling the jeans on over the feet.

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