When I get bored with my wardrobe, the first place I go is Goodwill. Actually, the first place I go is down the Pinterest/online shopping rabbit hole; but then I come to my senses and get my butt to the land of zen and inexpensive clothing. My latest obsession that lead me to its holy racks was trying to find the perfect pair of Levi's 501s. That's difficult in petite sizes, as evinced by the hefty price tags of several pairs on Etsy.
I did not come away with said 501s, but I managed to find this straight legged pair in little boy sizing- 12 regular, for those of you who want to try a similar DIY and wear size 23-25 in jeans. The few DIY tutorials I found on undoing the hem of jeans advised against using scissors to attempt the transformation, but it is possible. What I suggest is cutting through the first few stitches very careful until this is a hole that enables you to peel back a larger portion of the hem. From there, it is pretty much just making tiny snips in a row while following the hem. A seam ripper might be preferred, but scissors didn't give me too much trouble.
I was pleased enough with the transformation to incorporate the jeans into my capsule wardrobe as well as wearing them for our warm Thanksgiving gathering. One of my favorite things about thrifting is that you can easily modify items to suit current trends instead of buying them new. Who knows if I will still be into undone hems and straight legs when the street style stars stop rocking it a year or two from now? This way, I only spent $3 to participate rather than letting the bandwagon reck my budget.