- A seam ripper
- Twill tape, grosgrain ribbon or bias tape
I had 1 1/2″ below the hem. I needed to let these pants down at least an inch. There was no way I’d be able to make a tiny, 1/4″ hem on this wide wale corduroy.
So instead, cut a piece of bias tape, grosgrain ribbon, or in this case I used 5/8″ twill tape twice the width of your pants leg plus 1 inch. Sew this into a loop, using the extra 1″ to make 1/2″ seam allowance. Then stitch it right sides together around the bottom of you pant leg, using the smallest seam allowance you can. In this case I used 1/4″.
Turn your pants inside out, and press the twill tape to the inside. This will cover the raw edge of your pants. Stitch in place.
And now on the outside you have a normal looking hem. In my case I managed to let these pants down 1 1/4″.
Thanks for sharing this actually very simple solution…! I wouldn’t have thought of it myself, but I do think I’ll be needing it… At 19m, my lil man still easily fits some 9-12m pants… Except they are 2 inches too short. I’m also a very big fan of buttonhole elastic! (I actually changed the Nowhere Man Pants a bit to make the waistline adjustable, so he could wear an 18m..!)
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I might do this to a dress I got on super clearance that’s just a little bit too short.