For my Aussie Readers, Autumn is here! And it is finally starting to feel like jeans weather again. I pretty much live in jeans when the weather allows.
Being a super shorty means that I am a weird size. I buy pants that fit me around the waist and the legs leave enough length to cut the bottoms off and make a matching denim jacket. Which leaves me looking like the CEO of Jeanswest in my denim suit (they totally wear those right? If not.. They should! and of course, I’m completely exaggerating… and getting off topic)
I got to hemming last week because I have a pair of great Jeanswest jeans that I have owned for two years and wear constantly but still haven’t hemmed! Not to mention the four pairs of jeans I bought from Kmart for $5 each!!
I thought I’d share my method for those who need to hem their pants like myself, but would rather keep the original neat hem look. You could use this for skirts or shorts too.
1. Fold the bottom of your pants up as high as you want to go minus the natural hem and pin in place
REMEMBER: When you are pinning the bottom of your pants up, wear a pair of shoes that you would normally wear with these pants to get an idea for the appropriate length
2. Sew a straight stitch right below the original hem line. When I say right below, I mean it. You want your stitch and the original stitch to be as one!
NOTE TO SELF: If your original hem line flares out more so than the part you are sewing it to, stretch the shorter length of material as you stitch or it will end up puckered
3. Cut off the excess left at the bottom and zigzag or serge the raw edge to protect the edges from fraying
4. Flip the original hem over so that it looks like one piece of seamless fabric and iron flat to give it a more natural look
A pretty professional looking hem without spending money going to a professional tailor!
When I am sewing these hems for the kids, I generally skip step 3 and leave the excess so that I can take the hem down later if they need it.
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