Marking Insert for Bell Bottom Jeans

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Add fashion to plain jeans. Learn how to mark the insert when converting jeans into bell bottoms in this free clothing alteration video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Make Bell Bottoms Out of Jeans
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Hi, I'm Melina Piroso and welcome to Expert Village. In this series we're going to about turning regular boring old jeans into funky bell bottoms. In this step we're going to talk about making the triangle inserts that we're going to put into our bell bottom jeans. Since we measured our jean up to fifteen inches, what we're going to do is cut out two triangle shapes for each leg, so we're going to cut out four in total. Since we're using a similar weight, we're going to use these other pair of jeans and we're going to make sure we make it at least seventeen inches tall. Because you want to have an extra one inch below to sew the hem and you want to have an extra one inch on the top. As far as the width goes it doesn't really matter how wide it is, that's up to you how big you want the bell. I like using this whole part but you don't have to use this whole part you can make it a little thinner if you don't want such an exaggerated look. We're going to take our ruler and we're going to go ahead and mark off seventeen inches, normally you would use a fabric marking piece of chalk, but we're going to go ahead and use a sharpie for the purposes of this project. We're going to mark off seventeen inches right here. Then we're going to mark off seventeen inches right here. Then, you're going to make a triangle, and you're going to try to make it as even as possible. When you're putting the ruler down to make a corner of the triangle you want to make sure you're not over here off the jean or you're not on the seam, because you really don't want to cut on this it's just going to make it frayed and ugly and then it's going to be very complicated to sew. So we're going to kind of go in a little but, probably about a half inch in front of the seam. We're going to mark right there, and then we're going to draw a line, like this. Then we're going to do the same thing right here, and we're going to stay about a half inch from the seam, there we go. Now we have a lovely triangle shape, and you're going to do the same thing for the other leg.

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