My daughter and I share one really annoying problem: we both can’t fit into any pants. She is 11 years old, and fits into a size 8 except for the length. Come summertime, this problem is generally easy to solve since I crop off all of her jeans and make them into shorts. (Adding length, on the other hand, is a real pain.) So for today’s project, I am going to show you how I refashioned a size 8 pair of pants into a pair of capris. This is more of a tutorial rather than a remake. I don’t own a serger machine, so I have to make do on a regular machine.
First step is to make them shorter. If you can see, these pants also had a bleach spot on them. The easiest way to hem any pants is to fold them in half and then fold one pant leg over where you want to hem, making sure to make the fold perpendicular to the existing hem, since pant legs tend to be slightly angled.
Make the cut. Remember to leave a bit of room (don’t make them too short) for the hemming.
Now, sew them with a zig zag stitch which is close together. It is important to stretch the material on the “to be sewn” part. Since my sewing machine goes up to down (I push the material away from me), the part that is stretched is the part that is closest to me. It is also important NOT to stretch the material too much on the other part, just using your fingers to guide it through the machine but not stretching it.
Next, cut edging off.
And we are done!! I did a better job on one pant leg over the other but since they are capris, I can redo them if they look bad on her.
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