The Difference a New Hem Makes

I decided over the last few weeks that I would like to start making my own trousers and jeans. However, due to my lack of material and the need to knock some other items off my to-do list first, I had to put that aspiration on hold.

With the cooler months ahead, I still wanted to have something in the pants family to wear, other than jeans. So, the last time I went to the thrift store, I looked for some nice trouser pants that might fit me with some slight changes.

Here are two pairs of trouser pants that I found, and astonishingly they fit in almost every way except length.

Long pants, oh how I despise thee!

I’ve always had problems with clothing fitting properly in the lower hip region, but being horribly amiss at the waist. If any of you didn’t know or haven’t figured it out yet, I’ve got two counts against me in the fight to find clothes that fit: I’m short and I have weird proportions.

Therefore, altering clothing and patterns to fit me is my lot in life. Usually I don’t mind it too much, but there is one activity in the realm of clothing alterations that I despise: shortening and hemming pants.

It may sound ridiculous, but I have always hated doing it. This is no overstatement. Most of my life my feelings toward the activity have been at the level of abhorrence. It probably has less to do with the activity itself and more to do with the boredom that ensues during the process of the activity. Hemming pants is just not fun.

So, rather than taking half an hour to hem my pants to the proper length, I have often walked through life with pants of an alarming length. They almost always dragged the ground, and almost always developed some form of (gasp) fraying at the bottom.

No more will I allow myself to walk around in pants too long for me. It is downright indecent for a seamstress to walk around with such ill-fitting clothing. So, I gave myself a talking-to and resolved to get over my aversion toward hemming pants.

To make a long story short, I pushed through the half-hour of hemming torture, and the pants look good.

I’m moving slowly from hatred of to tolerance of the activity.

I didn’t want to post a picture of the brown ones because I am still unhappy with the fit. The pant legs are just too wide, and make my legs look like stovepipes even with the hemline adjusted.

So, since I like the fit of the grey trousers, I’ll use those as a reference to fix the brown ones. I may even make a pattern using those grey pants.

The post about the vest is coming. Thank you to everyone who gave me their input about the color for the lining. I chose teal, but the burgundy will definitely make an appearance in the future.

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2 Responses to The Difference a New Hem Makes

  1. Stephanie says:

    Good job! As you know, I have a similar height issue. However, I always hem my pants…it just may take me a month or so to get around to it 🙂

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