How to shorten pants

puffysmomJanuary 19, 2007

HI. I know how to except for certain ones. I have a pair now that has been laying around since before Christmas. The problem is the difference in the size around. How do u shorten pants so u dont have to compensate for the difference in length and u dont end up with puckers in the hem. I have been doing a search online and all I can find is basic hemming. The only thing I can think of is taking some material and adding it to the width so it matches but have never done this and not sure how to go about it. Can anyone here help me?

Thanks so very much. I hope I explained this decent. I know I am not the only one with a tapered pair of pants legs.

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after you cut them with the correct hem length you can take little snips is the bottom and create pleats so that the wider part matches the narrow part when the hem is turned up. or you can "ease" the width into the narrow part. You always want to do careful pressing before you sew because that;s how you get rid of the extra width. It's the same concept used for setting a sleeve or inserting a waist band.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 12:21PM
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You can clip the seams that join the front to the back. This will give you more room. Just be sure to reinforce them so the whole seam doesn't unravel.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 7:42AM
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I cut about a 1/2" snip in the center fornt, and let the "V" spread for more room.

Or you can take in the pant leg from the hem up a couple inches, and then taper back to the original seam.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 6:40PM
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OR -

If your taper is extra wide (remember bell bottoms) you can cut your pants to length plus seam allowance and face with matching bias cut fabric or bias tape in a color to match. For a smaller taper, I found that easing with a run of gathering stitches worked better for me but any of the above will work nicely.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 3:09PM
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i have these pants that when i wear them i have to fold the waist band over so the crotch won't hang so low how can i take up the pant from the waist band

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 11:50AM
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you simply "taper" the seams as needed. IF the very bottom is too wide, you start up just 2 or 3 inches tapering each side in just a little so that it fits. IF the bottom is too narrow to go up right... you start up about 2 in or so and let the seams out so that it's larger

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 3:31PM
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