Finding things that fit can be a nightmare. When one size doesn’t fit all, there’s a few things you can do to make it fit like a glove! Here’s a quick guide to tailoring your trousers, with an easy alterations step by step guide.
Let’s face it, if you’re folding up your pants, it all scrunches and looks terrible after walking around in it for a few minutes.
To this: (depending on where you want the hem to be)
How to Video:
Step by step alterations instructions:
1. Start by giving your trousers a good press. The less creases you have at the beginning the easier it will be to get a nice straight hem.
2. Measure out where you want the hem to be when you have it on. Get someone to help so you aren’t bending down and getting an in accurate measurement. The iron in the fold where you’ve marked and measure up two seam allowances that you will be folding up, this is approximately 3cm (1.5cm x 2).
3. Cut off the excess and turn your trousers inside out.
4. Fold up once, iron, and repeat once more.
5. Once you’ve turned them up twice and they’re at the correct length, pin to secure for sewing. I like to pin to match the seams up on either side, and then pin an inch apart in between.
6. Sew near the upper edge to create the new hem line. Take it slowly going over the seams as the thickness of the fabric is predominately more. I even like to manually turn the machine going over the seams.
7. Finally, cut off any lose threads and give it one finishing press.
This works best on jeggins and thin-ish pants that have a workable amount of stretch. If you want to work with thicker fabrics such as jeans, make sure the machine foot and needle is appropriate (you need a robust needle to pierce through the fabric). For leggings, you can follow this guide, however I would recommend an overlocker to compliment the stretch of the jersey fabric.