Clothing + Fashion
Published on June 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe1
How-to: Shorten a Pair of Pants
Make Your Pants Cuff
Put your pants on inside out, like in the photo above, and cuff them to the length you want. You have a couple of options here:
- If your cuff isn’t too wide, you don’t have to trim a thing. Just pin your cuffs in place, make sure you’re happy with the length, and you’re ready to press and sew.
- If your pants are WAY too long, you’ll want to trim the excess fabric, leaving yourself with 1-2″ that you’ll fold twice to create a finished seam. For a 1/2″ cuff at the bottom, leave yourself 1″ of fabric. For a 1″ cuff, you’ll need 2″ of excess to fold twice. Make your folds and pin, checking that your pants fall where you want them to. Then, you’re ready to press and sew.