Or maybe it doesn't. But I'm excited.
If you read social media (or even just "media"), you may have noticed a trend. There are countless stories, articles, and posts that have titles proclaiming "This changes everything!" or "I will never look at X the same way again!" or "Here's a life hack!" etc. etc. etc. Sometimes I read this click bait. Once you get into the article, it's often a trick or a shortcut for a completely unnecessary task. It doesn't change everything. It feels like the (social) media is fibbing.
I'm not fibbing....this will change the way you hem jeans! For real. Seriously.
Those of you who know me in the real world know that I'm of average height but I have short legs. I have a long torso (like a ballet dancer...ha!). When I buy jeans, unless I can find long-torsoed petite jeans, they are usually too long. (Just by way of explanation - the petite jeans have to be long-torsoed or they sit scandalously low on my backside.)
I'm frugal and somewhat lazy so usually I just roll up my jeans or hem them using the "fold under" method. Hemming by folding the excess under and sewing isn't a great method for jeans for a couple of reasons: denim is thick and it stresses out my sewing machine needles; and the bottoms of jeans that you buy at the store usually have a nice contrast thread and "weathered" look - if you hem by folding under you lose these features and they look home-hemmed.
I have newish jeans that needed to be hemmed and I really like them so I was considering taking them to the tailor. Before I did I googled hemming jeans and found a number of blog posts about how to hem jeans and save the look of the bottom edge. My favourite post is this one: http://rileynoehren.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-how-to-hem-jeans-like-pro.html. I followed her method and my jeans look great! Start to finish it took under half an hour. That includes: trying on the jeans with 2 pairs of shoes; triple checking my math; and reading her blog post. I will be much quicker next time.
|The finished product. They just look like jeans...right??|
I won't go over the details of the method (you can click the link) but here are a couple of comments. My jeans are boot cut, therefore I had to stretch one layer of fabric to get the side seams to meet up. She mentions this in her post and I think it's brilliant! I wish I'd thought of it before hemming my last couple of skirts.
If you read the method, the "stitch in the ditch" step tacks up the excess. Tacking up the excess creates a bit of a cuff inside the bottom of the leg. Most of the other bloggers don't tack up the excess but trim it using various methods to prevent fray. I tacked the bottoms because I didn't have much excess (4 cm in all) and the cuff is not an issue. If the excess were any larger, I definitely would trim it.