I do a clothing alteration business in my home and I have used this method many times in order to keep the fancy stitching which I can not duplicate. I usually never cut off the excess fabric if it is a small amount and then just sew in the ditch on both side seams to hold the excess fabric up. If it should droop you can always add a small drop of permanent fabric glue to the center. The only problem with cutting off the excess is that your denim will fray badly after washing. If you have a serger the raw edge should be serged to prevent raveling. I also do not sew close to the seam, but found out it is better to sew as close to the original stitching as possible and then you don’t see the seam or fold. I have also tried this technique maybe three times for jeans that need to be taken in on the side seam because the pant legs are too wide and the customer wants to preserve the fancy stitching. You would have to take even amounts off on both side seams of the leg because you want to keep the horizontal grain of the fabric, but then do the same technique on the flat felled seam and stitch close to the seam. Take in the other seam as usual. The only problem you might encounter is near the top when you taper the end. You may get a small tuck, but do your best to hide it. Try them on after pinning them just to make sure they fit correctly as you may need to adjust the amount you take in as it is a bit different than doing the hem technique. If the fit is correct then sew next to the seam and then trim the excess fabric off. I usually then serge the raw edge. I do not think it possible to do this side technique and also hem the pants using this technique at the same time for taking in sides and hem. I believe it would leave a very bulky hem seam and not look attractive.

Refashion, Repurpose, Redo...

I am short. There is no other way to put it. I’m barely 5′ tall. I think I’ve only bought two pairs of used jeans in my life that were already hemmed to my length…ever…in my life!

My mom always hemmed my pants, even as I got older. Then, I started taking them in to a shop for alterations to keep the original hem which cost me $20/pair. I love how the original hem looks so I paid it. Well, recently I’ve tried a few different techniques and I’ve found one I really like. This is the tutorial I followed How to hem jeans

I started with a pair of new (used) jeans that fit great everywhere but in length.


I measured and pinned the jeans to the length I wanted them.

I needed to take off 4″ from the hem so I measured just over 2″ and pinned, measuring…

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