We all have this problem today: clothes don’t fit! I work in retail and trust me, it’s not just you. Everyone and every body type struggles to find clothes that fit. The solution? Tailor them to you! Easier said than done, but I might have a solution…
If you are strapped for cash like me you don’t have money to get all your clothes altered. If you do, disregard this post and take your hard earned cash to a tailor. However for those of us that cannot afford one, I suggest becoming proficient with sewing tools/machine. I learned how when I was younger but also took a sewing class in college and it helped me gain the skills I have today.
But if you can’t take a class (I get it, you’re tight on dough) here is my tips and tricks to hem your clothes like a boss. A #girlboss, that is. Today I will be hemming a pair of wide leg pants.
- Needle or
- Sewing Machine (a must, but this can be done by hand delicately)
- Thread matching color of garment
- Measuring tape
- Sewing pins
- Sewing chalk (to mark where the hem will be)
- Find your new length – First things first: figure out where you want the length of your pants to be. Put them on and have a friend help you pin. Look in the mirror as she (or he) raises and lowers the length of the pant until you have the perfect length. Then they will pin one side with two pins in a ‘x’ and mark the crease they just made with sewing chalk. This will be so you know where the hem will actually be.
- Cut pants for new hem – Whether it’s raised or lowered, cut the excess fabric off of pant legs. You will need a bit longer than the marking so leave about an inch or so depending on how the hem is. Once you have the excess fabric, seam rip the both panels of leg fabric to make sewing go smoother.
- Sew seam guard on – It’s important to put a seam guard on the bottom of the raw, newly cut fabric before sewing the hem. Without this, the fabric will fray and your pants will become ruined. So, choose a stitch (I chose the one shown above, it’s what I think works best) and sew the raw edges down.
- Pin new hem and sew – Once your fabric is secure, it’s time to pin the hem to its desired spot. Turn pants inside out once pinnedI usually just do a back stitch (a straight line) across but if you think something else would work better, do that!
- Sew inner seams together – Now that your hem is re-established, sew together the two panels you seam ripped apart earlier. Once you have everything sewn back together, cut any straggly strings and turn pants right side out.
- Wear those perfectly fitted pants and dazzle the world!