DIY Step Hem Tips

January 30, 2017

 I’ve been getting so many questions about these step-hem jeans that I cut myself, so I wanted to give you tips to do your own!

step hem jeans tutorial

#1 If this is your first time trying this, use an old pair of jeans that you won’t be too upset ruining.

#2 Put on the jeans and mark about where you’d like the hem to be.

 #3  Fold your jeans seam to seam to do your cutting.  You can make your step as shallow or deep as you like.  You could measure carefully, but this is supposed to be distressed looking, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

 #4 Take an old steak knife and attack the seam, teasing out threads, then wash a couple of times.

That’s it! It’s not rocket science, Ladies!  You too can make your own pair!

What to wear with them?  I’m finding SO many shoes look great, even these tall boots I’m wearing here.  I’ve worn boots, booties, heels, wedges, and in the spring, I think sandals will look fab too!

These outfit photos were taken by the lovely Cathy of Bay Area Fashionista on the evening of the Kendra Scott spring launch party.

style over 40, casual cool OOTD


outfit photos at Santana Row

Kendra Scott online color bar



Jeans – Old Navy – cut by me!

Faux leather moto jacket – Bernardo – old – love this one

Black and white color block sweater – Nordstrom Rack (no longer available), also cute

Bag – Rebecca Minkoff  Tote, latest version

Boots – Nordstrom Rack – sold out, shop Nordstrom Rack tall boots

Earrings – Kendra Scott Dee Drops, I made these on the online color bar and added the sparkly drusy stones.



Hope your week is off to a fun and fabulous start, Dolls!

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Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply jodie filogomo January 30, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Great idea Dawn!!!

  • Reply Rachel January 31, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Great style! Looks great!

  • Reply Coco January 31, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Really cute look! I love the boots!!
    Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  • Reply Lauren January 31, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Your jeans look fab! I love how they turned out!

    By Lauren M

  • Reply jess jannenga January 31, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Those look great Dawn, I have been wanting to do this too… do you do it on straight leg jeans right? LMK. I think they would look awesome with sandals too!
    jess xx

    • Reply Dawn Lucy February 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Yes straight legs! But I bet you could do it with bootcut too for a little different look!


  • Reply Nancy Baten January 31, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I have everything high low hem……Exept jeans! Haha, fabulous!

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins January 31, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Love these fun hemmed jeans! Perfect with your boots!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply jacqui February 1, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Oh I do like these on, and I may just have to give it a go! Jacqui

  • Reply Yvonne February 3, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Love this tip – I have been thinking of doing this for some time now but never dared – now I will certainly give it a try!

    xx Yvonne

  • Reply Nancy February 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Really beautiful outfit, the jeans and boots go together so well. And the earrings ??

  • Reply kim February 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Dawn this is cute and a great idea. Going to share today on my blog about these jeans! Looking great hun. xo

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