Having your pants fit correctly is important! I’ve covered how they should fit in Fit Is Everything – Part 2 (The Pants). After doing the How To Tailor A Shirt article and video, I’ve had a lot of requests for a tutorial on how to tailor pants, so this week we’re going to learn how to hem dress pants.
Note: Before I begin, let me say that this is a little complicated. There is also a video that I made at the end that might clear somethings up if you have any questions. Also, don’t be afraid to comment if something doesn’t make sense!
The first step is to fold your pant leg inside to see how much you want to take off. When you’re happy with the length, pin it.
Next, turn the pants inside out and iron a new crease.
Take out the pins and unfold.
Using a seam ripper, rip the old hem seam.
After you do that, unfold the pant leg all the way.
Since the distance between the two creases was perfect, I just cut a 1/4″ from the end of the crease so it would fold over nicely. If your distance between creases isn’t a good amount, you can iron yourself a 1/4″ crease to fold over.
Fold the pant leg back up with the 1/4″ crease tucked below. Now you’re ready to sew.
Using thread that is the same color as your pants, cut about 24″ of thread and tie a couple of knots in one end so the thread doesn’t slip through the fabric. What you want to do is go through the “cuff” and then only through about 2 threads of the outside of the pant in a looping motion. That way only the tiniest bit of thread will show on the outside.
This is what it will look like on the inside when you’re finished.
This is what it looks like on the outside when you’re finished. No seam!
If you are more interactive, here’s a video that I made with probably even more detail.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to write them in the comments section. I know this was a tad complicated. I’d love to help or talk about your experiences!