Who needs help with basic clothing mending? I’m always amazed at how many people ask me how to fix something easy. Or at least something I think is easy. If you don’t know your way around a sewing machine, even the simplest alteration can seem intimidating.
So, hows' about we start a series called “Sewing 101” where we’ll go over basic clothing mending and alterations? Oh do, lets!
This series will save you big bucks and make your wardrobe last longer.
I’m short. Very short. Finding pants with a short enough length is hard for me. Oddly enough, my legs are too long for a short inseam, but often too short for the regular inseam. I usually fix this problem one of two ways.
Exhibit 1. Walking off the extra length.
Easy, but hard on the pants.
Exhibit 2. Shortening the pants myself.
Practical, but not very cute.
What is a short girl to do? I recently learned how to tailor suit pants with a cuff, and applied the same technique to jeans.
Here’s how to do it:
Start by finding your desired length. Roll the pant leg into a cuff and pin in place.
Be sure to use a thread that matches the jeans. I used navy.
And that’s it!
Easy peasy and perfectly altered! See?! Nothing to be afraid of!