Friday, October 22, 2010

are your pants too long?

not sure how this happened, but both of my boys have short legs.
(please, no comments from the peanut gallery)

so... I have a little sewing trick for pants that are too long. the great thing about it is that when my boys grow, I can just take the stitch out and voila! the pants will be long again.

1. fold the jeans up and pin them. the jeans will end up shorter than this length, so keep that in mind.

2. sew in a straight line right next to the bottom hem of the pants.

3. when you are done, on the inside the stitch should look like this:

4. fold the inside back in, and there you have it!

5. if you want them to look even nicer, you can iron the hems to look flatter. if you are worried about the extra fabric showing or flipping the bottom of the pants up, you can safety pin them inside or even cut the excess fabric out altogether (which makes it permanent. I don't know if I'm going to be doing much more growing, so that's usually what I do for my own pants). I have even sewn my pants like this by hand.

what do you think? maybe everyone else already knew about this, but when I found out about it, my life was changed forever. or at least until I grow a little more.


michele said...

Adele, I didn't know you could sew! Or that you even owned a sewing machine! That's awesome!

Megan said...

Oh my goodness! This is genius! I'm wearing a pair of folded-up jeans right now!

K.E.N said...

I certainly had never thought of that-Noah's just wears his pants rolled up. Good idea!

Linda said...

Oh how I wish I would have known that trick when I had babies (especially you). You are an amazingly clever Mother.

Lori said...

Oh very crafty! I love the rebel look with the helmet, no shirt, and jeans... he's rockin' that.

Steph said...

Wow that is so awesome and simple! I'm sure mine and Jon's chilluns will have the same "blessings" of small legs since I'm 5'3" and he is only 5'5"... I love it!