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jeans are too short

gardin's picture

i need ideas on how to lengthen my jeans.  A pleather strip with slit, satin with a slit, lace,  -- Suggestions please.

lou19's picture

A false hem is the easy (post #33846, reply #1 of 4)

A false hem is the easy option..........unpick, let down hem, press, sew on bias and  top stitch in place

Kate_W's picture

OK.  Not sure what style your (post #33846, reply #2 of 4)

OK.  Not sure what style your jeans are ... this may or may not work for you.  Add a silk extension or cuff at the bottom from a recyled men's tie.

Find a men's tie you like, (sources: Goodwill, St. Vinny's, husband's tie hangar ...), take it apart completely, wash it in the laundry to check that you'll be able to wash your jeans once you have the tie fabric attached, cut cuffs or extensions -- width: 2X extension width + seam allowances, length: width of jeans + seam allowances, interface, attach.

I think you'll need to take out the jeans hem.  The jeans I applied this to were too long so I had the opposite problem.  Since they qualified as "Mom" pants, I removed and replaced the waistband using the tie as binding too.  I'll post pictures.  Soon even.  Maybe.

Let us know what you come up with.  Best, 

- Kate

HelgaPataki's picture

add trims to lengthen your jeans like (post #33846, reply #3 of 4)

ones with mirror-like plaques sewn into a ribbon, or fringy trims, or even bohemian style edgings.  when you add purchased ribbons, they are firmer and a lot easier to sew.  the style will be more casual/sporty so you wont have to spent a lot of work making your hemline perfect.  you can also buy by the inches-wide and easily adjust your hem-style.  Adding a purchased trim is already evenly cut and will help you predict your end-results. 

Teaf5's picture

Longer jeans (post #33846, reply #4 of 4)

If you need only an inch or so, letting out the original hem and using a facing of fabric or lace works well; if you need more than that, you are creating a whole new look.  It's impossible to add onto jeans without being obvious about it, so use your imagination on how to make the addition look intentional instead of tacked on as an afterthought. 

For example, you could add a double-faced band of velveteen, then add embroidery up the side seam from the bottom of the band up a few inches onto the denim.  Or echo the fabric of the added band elsewhere on the jeans in appliques, like on the back pocket or just beneath one of the front pockets.

Your idea of pleather or ultrasuede would work well with a length of lacing up the bottom 8" or so of each leg.  You don't need eyelets to lace denim; just pierce a hole with an awl or sharp needle, and thread a strip of pleather like a shoelace, up from the hem, tying in a bow or knot above the ankle.

Another way to deal with too-short jeans is to roll up the bottoms and wear them with great boots or socks...