What do you do when your pant hems fail you? Maybe they’re too long, or the thread comes undone leaving you with a sloppy one-sided pant mess.
If you are a whiz with a sewing machine, just ignore this.
But if, like me, you can barely remember how to thread one (Ms. Drust, my Home Ec teacher, is pulling out her hair somewhere), this crib sheet is for you.
Obviously, if you have time you should take ’em to your tailor. If your tailor is kind of out of your way, like mine is, or you keep forgetting to put your pants in the car so you can actually bring them to tailor (ahem), I’ve got a few options for ya.
Just roll ’em up. Not just a look for wading in the surf anymore, all the cool kids are all doing it these days (seriously, just Google rolled pants trend) – including yours truly at work today:
Two quick rolls – problem solved!
The classic safety pin – this works best if you have a lining to pin it to so the metal doesn’t show through on the outside.
One side of my white Banana Republic pants mysteriously gave up on its hem a few weeks ago. The crease from the original hem was still going strong, so I just folded the errant hem back under and pinned it to the pant lining, one pin on the inner and outer seams each:
Stitch Witchery. I’m going to admit I’ve never actually used this (as you can tell by the fact that it’s unopened…probably because it’s over my laziness threshold), but it seems really simple. Cut a length the circumference of your pant hem, insert in between the outside pant and the folded-in hem, and iron. Voilà, you have a temporary pant hem!
All this to say, don’t let your favorite pants languish in your darkest bureau drawer just because their hem is misbehaving. Try one of these fixes until you have time to do a proper sewing job or hie thee to a tailor.
What are you favorite tricks for fixing up pant hems? Have you tried Stitch Witchery or the equivalent? Do you wear your pants rolled already as a style statement? Scroll down to comment!