Riding Boot Alternation Tutorial

Boot Alteration Before & After

Boot Alteration
Before & After

I’ve been wanting a pair of ridding boots for some time now. I was so excited when I found a pair on clearance for $20 plus $6 shipping, score!! I was hesitant about buying the online because i was unsure of the fit (I have a chubby foot! Lol) but decided to go for it.
I was so excited when they arrived, and they fit perfectly!! I was so relieved, I didn’t notice how wide they were at the top. I started to feel bummed for a whole 5 seconds, then the little wheels in my brain started spinning. “I bet I can fix that, they just need taken in about an inch….”
I goggled around and didn’t find anything. Am I the only one with these problems… or just crazy enough to think I can fix it…. hmmm
Since I already talked myself into trying, there’s no turning back.

Riding Boot Alternation

Cut Seam Lining

First thing I did was take my seam ripper to the lining. I decided to take in the front seam since there’s a loop right on the back seam. I didn’t want to mess with it.

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Snip Top Lining Strip

I was careful to just clip the tread on the top lining, then I cut it with my scissors. I just pulled it to the length I was going to take in. Careful, the top stitch is visible on the out side.

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Cut Top lining

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Pull off fabric strip

There was a little fabric ‘glued’ strip over the seam , I just pulled it off.

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Sew, starting on original seam.

Now this part is a bit tricky. With the foot part away from me I put it under my sewing machine. I put the needle down on the original seam. Keeping the lining out of the way I slowly started sewing holding eveything in place. I didnt pin because I didn’t want to make holes. I did have to help it as I sewed, very slowly. All the way to the top.

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Sew slowly to top

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Sew a few stitches to keep top down

Origanally I sewed all the way up and was going to fold down the very top piece, just like it was. But I had some issues with it so I folded it fown and gave it a few stiches.

(I did this after I trimed my new seam)

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Trim seam

Now to trip your seam. I didn’t bother gluing the fabric strip back on (I admit it, I was intimidated by it) so I just snipped it off.

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Hand sew lining

I hand sewed the inside lining back in place and carefully glued the very top lining trim in place.

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Glue top lining in place

Not to bad! I’m very happy with the results.

Boot Alteration

Boot Alteration

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Riding Boot Alternation, (left one is altered)

(The one on the left is altered. Sorry it wad hard to get a good pic)

Thanks for visiting:)
Please tell me I’m not the only one crazy enough to think they can do it!


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