It's finally here! I now offer half and full leg tapering via my convenient mail order service. Free round trip shipping! This is technically "beta mode" for this service, so feel free to give me suggestions to make the taper process easier. I'm currently working on a video to show you how to do measurements, but until then I've taken some step-by-step photos to show you.
A half taper is good if you like the fit of the leg from the knee up. A full taper is the right choice if you need a little off the thigh and knee. All tapers are done from the inseam, so your selvedge edges are safe! I can work on both flat-felled inseams and regular serged inseams.
Tapering is a bit of a balancing act, and in order to keep a natural leg shape, you really shouldn't taper to more than -2" at the leg opening (unless you've got boot cut or bell bottoms you're trying to nix). For half tapers, fill out the leg opening measurement selection only! For full tapers, fill out both knee and leg opening measurements.
Chainstitch hemming is also included in this service, so give me your inseam measurement if you want them hemmed shorter. If no measurement is given, I will re-hem to the current length.
Video guide coming soon, but until then, here's a step by step guide to help you measure a jean you already like the fit of.
1. Take out your jeans, unfold them, button the waistband, and lay them out outseam facing the edge of the table in front of you
2. Lift the top leg so the whole inseam is exposed on the right leg in front of you. Take your tape measure, and start with the tip of the measuring tape in the middle of the center crotch seam.
3. Measure following along the inseam stitch to 2 inches down. Mark that point on the inseam, and using a ruler measure out perpendicularly from that mark straight across the leg to the edge of the jean. Note as the thigh measurement.
4. Measure following along the inseam stitch line to just above the top of the knee point. You can usually see the knee marking on a worn pair, and it varies depending on height, but is typically about 12-13 inches from the center crotch seam point for an average height person.
5. Mark the top of the knee point on the inseam, and measure out from that line perpendicularly. Note as the knee measurement. This will be the midpoint for a full, and the starting place for a half taper.
6. Since the hem is usually bulky and difficult to get an accurate reading on, measure just above the hem across the leg opening making sure you’re measuring the entire leg across from edge to edge. Note this measurement as the leg opening.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org