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Step Hem Jeans

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Happy Friday friends!  Remember last week when I styled these step hem jeans on the blog?  Well, I'm back wearing them again, and this time I'm giving you the (super easy) tutorial of how to make them!

But first, lets talk about this look because it's one of my favorites!  If I had to choose one outfit to wear for the rest of my life, this would be it.  As much as I love adding trendy, must have, pieces to my wardrobe (hello, off-the-shoulder anything), there is nothing that I truly l love more than a classics button down shirt with a great pair of jeans.  I always like to add a little edge to my look, so if my jeans are distressed, or have an undone hem, it's even better!  Being a stay at home mom, I don't wear button downs often, because I know they're going to get dirty.  The last thing that I need is to spend thousands of dollars in dry cleaning bills.  However, when I discovered Ministry of Supply, it opened a whole new door!  The brand makes clothing that is this made for the everyday, busy woman.  All their items are machine washable (yes!) and wrinkle resistant.  I love that I can wear a high quality blouse, and not worry about hummus being thrown all over it #momlife.  I finished my look with neutral pumps, aviators, and an old Dior bag that I also DIYed into a cross body.

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how to make step hem jeans

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DIY step hem jeans

How to DIY Step Hem Jeans
How to DIY Step Hem Jeans

1. Collect the materials that your need:

-A pair of skinny or straight leg jeans. (I love this look with a straight leg, but it's all personal preference)
-Ruler/Measuring Tape
-Tailors Chalk (I used my kid's side walk chalk, and it worked just fine!)

2. Determine where you want the hem of your jeans to hit.  For this look, I suggest the ankle. Remember that front will be shorter, so mark (with the chalk) where you want the back hem to fall, then cut the jeans to that length.

Note: I had cut this pair of jeans to make them ankle length in the past, so this step was already done on my pair.

3. Now its time to make the step hem!  Although you can make a step hem as dramatic as you would like, I suggest a hem that is 1 1/2 inches shorter in the front than the back.  Take your measuring tape/ruler and  mark your jeans with the chalk where you want the front to fall (I did 1 1/2 inches).  I drew a line across the entire front of the jean, so I would have a guide to follow while cutting.

4. Now it's time to cut!  You're going to do it in a U shaped form.  Start by cutting up along the left seam, then cut across the front of the jean along your chalk mark.  Your going to finish by cutting down the right seam.  Repeat on the other leg.

5. Voila!  You now have step hem jeans!  The best part about this DIY is that it doesn't have to be perfect.  I like when my hem is slightly uneven and undone, and the more you wash them, the more your hem will unravel and fringe.


Shirt: c/o Ministry of Supply| Jeans: JBrand (similar pairs here and here)| Heels: old (similar pair here)| Bag: Dior| Sunnies: Quay| Necklace: Sarah Chloe| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Cuff: Color by Amber| Earrings: Nickel & Suede| Lips: LipSense in Caramel Apple

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  1. Great idea and pictures! I'm definitely going to try this out!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  2. I want to try that straight away! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! Now I need to decide which pair of jeans I want to cut up!

  4. Such a great casual fall look, and I love those jeans! I have so many pair that I never wear anymore, so I need to get cuttin' ;) Have a great weekend! XO


  5. Beautiful look! Thanks for the tutorial, I am definitely going to try this with an old pair of jeans.

    xx, Elise

  6. Definitely adding this to my list of things to try- thanks!!

  7. This blouse is so chic girl, I love how you styled it here :)

  8. This is such an easy tutorial, thank you for sharing! I've been wanting to try this! I love this clean and classic look on you!


  9. I love doing a DIY hem. Such a fun way to modernize a pair of jeans. These are so good on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. Washable and wrinkle resistant? Take my money ;) This DIY seems really easy to do, have to try it out!
    Have a great weekend,


  11. Rachael, first of all, I love that you are rocking this amazing look with heels in stay-at-home mom life! You are so my kind of momma! You look fabulous as always. Second, you are a DIY genius. It all looks so simple, but I am seriously afraid of taking scissors to anything because I will certainly and irreparably cause damage that cannot be undone and it will not look trendy and cool! Maybe I will just send my jeans to you and let you cut them instead of the terrible hack job I would do!


  12. This DIY is so cute girl! I'm going to have to try this one sometime. Love the step hem trend!

    cute & little

  13. Love the way these look! I have super long legs so never really have this problem, but have so many friends who need this trick!

  14. You look amazing and I love how you did your jeans like that. I need to try it with one of my jeans to get more creative! Thanks for sharing this❤️

  15. I'm crazy about the step hem style you're rocking here! So cool that you DIY'd them yourself and made them into something "brand new"!

  16. I haven't dared to try but i might have a go! x

  17. I totally need to do this because I just keep buying step hem jeans! haha...
    Jeans and a Teacup

  18. I DIYed a pair of step hem jeans this summer - it was so easy !

  19. I love this style! I would have never thought about making them myself

    -xo, Azanique |

  20. I love this post and I have done step hems myself for awhile now! I'm on the shorter side so I usually hem or cut my jeans anyways! I love this whole chic look!

  21. Love this! Such a great DIY! They turned out great!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  22. I love the classic look of a button up shirt with jeans! And I agree, if it's not machine washable it's not suitable for mum life, haha! That's why I wear so little white, too easy to stain!

    Hope you are having a lovely week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  23. This is such a lovely idea. I should try this one soon.

    Jessica |

  24. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing an easy way to do this!

    xx, Chanda | IMPROMPTU + LINK UP

  25. Love this, I have been obsessed with frayed end denim lately. I think it really highlights great shoes.

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion

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  26. What a great and easy DIY! I need to try that on a pair of my jeans! Love how it turned out!

  27. Your DIY looks so good!! I don't know if mine would turn out as cute! Your top is magical too, doesn't wrinkle or stain, I'm there!

    pumps and push ups

  28. I love those heels!!! They look so stunning :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT