This has to be one of my FAVORITE discoveries in recent years. Every time I utilize this discovery I just feel so clever--and so cool.
Now, if most of you already do this...please don't tell me and burst my little clever bubble. I feel clever about so FEW things in life. Please let me have just this one thing, okay?
So here's my little clever discovery: When I have knit pants (or what those hip youngsters might call yoga pants or sweats) OR if I may use one of my friend's favorite words--knit SLACKS... Anyway, when I have knit pants that are too long-- no need to stress out this non-sewing-girl: I take a pair of scissors and CHOP CHOP, trim off the pants to desired length!!!
Seriously--I cut the knit pants to the length I want. With scissors!! No sewing required!! It works!!
You do want to be careful to measure the pants before cutting. I usually just roll up the pants to the desired new length, carefully take them off, and cut! Be sure both sides are the same length when cutting.
HELPFUL HINT: If you'll notice in the above picture, the cut edge rolls up a bit. I believe that the rolled edge gives the bottom of the trimmed pants a nice finish. To achieve that roll, just pull the cut edge across (lengthwise), and when releasing, the knit fabric rolls up. Just like magic!
Here are my current favorite wear-around-the-house sweats:These are French terry sweat pants that were just a tad bit short after I washed and dryed them. No worries--I just trimmed them into crop pants. Now, they're perfect! I will say that with French terry knit, sometimes there are little strings that hang down after washing. The strings are very easy to trim off. I usually just leave them--because they don't bother me. (Oh, and just so you know...those pants ARE the same length...I guess the camera angle or something makes one side appear longer.)
What have I hemmed by trimming?
Sweats--trimmed them a little for full-length, and a lot for crop-length
My daughters' knit pajama pants
I even trimmed my daughters' Justice polyester pajama bottoms--that turned out great!
Shirts!!! Turned long sleeve into mid-sleeve for a cute layering look!
The hemming by cutting method really is FAST! In the picture above, my daughter found an old long sleeve pink t-shirt that she wanted midsleeve--for a layered look. I had the sleeves cut off in less than 2 minutes! What a great way to recycle a rarely-used shirt into a great new look!
That's my helpful hint for today! Have you ever tried this?
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