- Learn to Tailor Like a Pro
Learn to Tailor Like a Pro
If your pants aren't quite fitting right, skip the pricey trip to the tailor and take matters into your own hands. All you need are a few basic tools and the following four steps to create a new hemline in a matter of minutes. Before you start, just be sure to check the label: If your pants contain cotton or rayon, prewash to allow for shrinkage.
Remove the original hem with a seam ripper; try on the pants with the shoe you'll wear. Standing in front of a full-length mirror, fold the fabric up inside each leg so the bottom of the fold falls three-quarters of the way down your heel. Place a pin at the back of each leg; stand up and check the length in the mirror. Adjust as needed.
Take off the pants; turn them inside out. Starting at the pin on one leg, use a hem gauge to measure the length from the edge of the fabric to the bottom fold. Use that measurement to fold and pin the hemRead More »from How to Hem Pants