As kids grow, their clothes often become too short, whilst they fit everywhere else... simple solution; add extra length to extend the life of pants and jeans. Today's tutorial will show you how to easily add a band to the bottom of kids' jeans.
- Cut off the existing hem.
As a side note, would you keep these hems? I haven't found a use for them yet, so I've discarded them.
To determine the measurements for the band:
- Width: measure the circumference of the jeans and add seam allowance
- Length: decide on the length you want the band, double that length and add seam allowances
- Fold in half, right sides together and sew the short sides to form a small tube.
- Turn right side out.
- Fold in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together.
- Pin to the right side of the bottom of the jeans, lining up the band seam with the inner leg seam.
- Face the band seam and the jeans seam in opposite directions.
- Hand baste (hand sew a long running stitch) the band to the jeans.
- Remove pins.
- Sew with a 3/8" (1cm) seam.
- Neaten seam.
- Remove basting.
- Fold band down.
- Press seam towards the band.
- Topstitch 1/8" (3mm) from the seam line. I use a longer stitch length for topstitching, in this instance, 3.
Normally I would press the seam away from the band. This would mean sewing through multiple layers of denim, so in this case, I've pressed the seam towards the band.
To balance the pink bands, I've added the same fabric to the front pockets.
- Cut a rectangle a little larger than the pockets.
- Neaten edges and turn a small hem on all 4 sides.
- Tuck the rectangle into the pocket and line up with the side seam.
- Attach to the jeans by sewing along the side near the seam and along the top.
Be very careful to stay right away from any studs or metal. It doesn't matter if you only sew part way along the top and side. My machine stitching is not neat or even, but this doesn't affect the look. I just held the pink fabric in place while stitching. If you find it easier, hand baste (hand sew a long running stitch) in place before you machine stitch.
If you find it too fiddly to machine stitch the fabric onto the pocket, you could hand stitch.
Even though it's rough and ready, I like the effect of adding colour to the pockets. It seems to tie it all together.
This is such an easy way to get more wear from of a pair of jeans.
You may wonder why on earth I'm showing you a photo of me on a tractor. Click on the photo, look down at my feet and if you look very closely, you should see why.
Back in the 70s, I used to lengthen my jeans by attaching wide, woven ribbon onto the hemline. I'm a shortie, so I certainly didn't need to lengthen them when I bought them. As a student, with little money, my clothes had to last for a long while, so the jeans would shrink over time.
Sometimes I used ribbon which co-ordinated with the jeans, but I can also remember sewing on brightly coloured ribbon as well. This was the 70s; bright was good!!! As an adult back then, I could get away with it. I'm not sure that the look would work so well for an adult now-a-days.
I can only find this one photo, showing how I made my clothes last. It's a photo I love!!! Mr TMW and I used to put the motorbikes on the trailer and drive to an Uncle's farm whenever we could. Here I am, city girl, learning to drive a tractor... wonderful memories!!!