I'm a shorty. Never in my life have I found pants that are the correct length for my short little legs. In the past I have just suffered through frayed hems, tripping and tearing off the pieces that get too dirty. I never liked hemming pants because it usually involved cutting off the original hem, and that made pants look...you know...hemmed. But no longer! A few years ago I found a wonderful tutorial online (which has disappeared somehow so I'm sorry I can't give credit where credit is due) and want to share my little tips and tutorial with all the other short-legged people in the world!
Ok, I recently found a gift card from my birthday (or was it last Christmas? Either way, FREE MONEY!) and decided to put it to good use on some jeans....I was so excited to wear them I just whipped off the pants I was wearing and got to work (I put on sweats in case you were wondering...) and after I took the pic I realized my 6 month old left me a little present....
I would also add to determine your hem with your shoes ON. I did this particular pair of jeans with bare feet and they are a TAD shorter than I usually like. I can still wear 'em and I love 'em, but I would love them more if they were a TAD longer. See the irony here?
Can you guys read those tiny directions up there? Let me help...
Step 2: Fold your pant leg up the amount of inches you need to hem.
Step 3: Subtract 1 inch and lower the fold.
Step 4: Pin your fold in place.
Step 5: Lay your pant legs over on top of each other to make sure they are the same length.
Step 6 is how the magic happens! Be sure to sew just below the original hem, but as close as you can get!
Step 7 is indeed optional! I like to cut off the excess because then the hem will lay a bit flatter but if you keep the fabric then you can always lengthen it over time. This is a movable hem!
Ta-da! New pants! Although these were a tad short for me, they are perfect for flats or flip flops! Always have options, right?