Levi’s Master Tailors Teach You How to Customize Your Denim

Levi Strauss & Co.
June 1, 2015

One of the things we love most about our Levi’s® is their versatility. Worn, torn, slim, skinny, slouchy, rolled up, cut off … you get the picture. And they’re endlessly customizable — whether you’re looking to refurbish, refresh or reimagine.

Armed with a few simple tools and these DIY video tutorials from our Levi’s master tailors, you can make your denim even more one-of-a-kind in no time. Enjoy!

How to Taper Your 501 Jeans

Tapering is one of the most popular requests our tailors receive, but the good news is that even a novice can tackle this one at home. If you’d rather skip the tailor and/or DIY altogether, check out the 501® CT (customized and tapered) — we’ve already done the work for you.


How to Make the Perfect Cut-Off Shorts

Summer is upon us, which means tank tops, freckled faces and, after viewing this video, custom cut-offs. All you need is a pair of scissors and your tried-and-true Levi’s. After you choose your length we recommend using the old carpenter’s trick — measure twice, cut once — to avoid length-related mishaps.


How to Repair Your Jeans

Who needs a journal when you have a patched-up pair of Levi’s? Our tailor demonstrates a few character-adding techniques for extending the life of your denim by patching holes, tears and tatters.


How to Distress Denim

Distressed denim is everywhere right now. The ultimate vintage look can be yours as well. What you’ll need: your Levi’s of choice, a pair of sheers and some sandpaper. Then slash, shred, sand and repeat for that sought-after distressed style — customized exactly to your liking.


How to Line Your Cuff

Inject the unexpected to your favorite jeans with this subtle-yet-striking DIY. We’re thinking a playful print could also make a fun addition to the cuffs of a favorite Trucker jacket.


How to Add Panels to Your Jeans

Let your skinny’s do the talking with bold, black statement panels. Here, you’ll see a sleek leather look, but any textile will do!


How to Customize Your Trucker Jacket

Snoop’s got one, and you can too. Add a unique touch to an old favorite by customizing your Trucker with the textile of your choosing. We suggest a solid bold hue or a breezy eyelet for a little on-trend flare.


How to Pintuck & Crop Your Jeans

Calling all vintage lovers. Levi’s pintuck and crop combination will make your old jeans feel new, and then old again.



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