Back in December, RJ and I were invited to a Lord of the Rings themed birthday party. There was an invitation to come dressed in Lord of the Rings themed clothing, so of course, RJ and I HAD to do it! We HAD to!!!
RJ has this beige-y colored vest (and it even had pocketses!! “What’s in his pocketses, precious???”) that would have been perfect to pair with one of his button down shirts for hobbit attire. Unfortunately, he didn’t have quite the right pants for the occasion.
This party was around the time of a couple of ugly sweater themed parties, so we made a trip to Good Will. I found a couple of what I thought to be sweet ugly sweaters, and RJ found a pair of weathered-looking brown pants that would work perfectly as hobbit pants!
However, the problem with RJ’s new hobbit pants is that they used to be owned by a skinny giant. Now mind you, my husband isn’t a short man. He’s about six feet tall. I’m just wondering what this skinny giant man looked like…
Other than the length, the pants fit perfectly. They were loose enough for RJ to feel comfortable and tight enough to showcase his cutie buns. That latter part is definitely more for me.
So at Good Will, I worked up the courage and bravely offered to learn to hem pants so that he would be able to add these pants to his regular rotation. For the party, we just cuffed the pants up from the inside to make him look presentable. We also figured that hobbits didn’t have neat edges to their pants anyways since they walk around barefoot all day long.
Now I am not a sewer. Hmm..that came out wrong. I am not a seamstress? I don’t sew good! (Well, Alice, it’s well!!) The extent of my projects have been sewing straight lines only, and even those projects I botch sometimes. But I decided to try and just sort of figure out how to do it anyways. I don’t know if I did it right, but this is what I did.
- Sewing machine
- Thread to match your pants…or to be a contrast color
- Pants with ridiculously long leg parts (leg sleeves?)
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
Now one reason why I’m not a professional is because if I were a professional, I would know not to start this hemming project without ironing the pants first. But I was lazy. So I didn’t. And I didn’t run into any problems either, so it actually worked out for me this time. Next time, I might not be so lucky…
So the first thing I did was NOT iron, but I had RJ wear the pants while I figured out where we wanted the bottom of the pant leg to hit. I kind of eye-balled it, so it’s not exact. But then again, neither are legs in general, am I right or am I right??
Anyways, when we figured out where we wanted the bottom of each pant leg to hit, I folded the pant leg under and pinned it in place. The ends of the pants were cutoff and fringe-y, so I had to make my own bottom hem. I don’t have any pictures of me doing this, as I was busy pinning and RJ was busy standing. But this is what the finished product looked like after he carefully took the pants off.
Next, I made sure the side seams were all aligned properly, and then sewed a straight line where I wanted the stitch to be. I had to first take the storage part in the front of my sewing machine out so that the pant leg could kind of wrap around the part that sticks out where you sew. I’m sure there are official names for these parts, but I have no idea what they are. hahaha. You can kind of see below what I mean by “kind of wrap [the pant leg] around the part that sticks out where you sew” in the picture below. I also chose to use the second line from the right as a point of reference as I was sewing.
Afterwards, you end up with something that looks like this when you pull the extra scrap you are going to cut off over the stitch. Ignore the cuts I’ve already made. But also, cut where you see the cuts that I’ve already made (haha), being careful not to cut into the new bottom of the pant leg.
This is what it looked like from the inside out after I cut off the excess fabric, being careful not to cut into the new bottom of the pant leg that I just made.
So with the first pant leg, I made a pretty n00b mistake that hopefully I can spare you from making. I started sewing the new seam in the middle of the pant leg and not around the sides where it would be less gross to look at. Luckily, this is in the back of RJ’s pant leg, so hopefully no one will be staring at it.
I made the proper adjustment for the second pant leg, and this is what it looks like when flipped right side out.
So these are the before and after pictures of the pants on RJ.
(I SO wanted RJ to put his hand on his hip and do a glamorous hip pop for these pictures, but he refused.)
So there you have it, folks. How to McGyver hemming your own pants! It wasn’t too difficult to figure out, and it took a complete n00b like me about 20 minutes to do so. It’s not the most perfect, but it’s good enough!
When RJ realized how easy it was to hem pants, he got all excited at the prospect at buying more pants from thrift stores that I could just hem for him. He doesn’t believe in paying full price for clothes. It’s like…his life philosophy…
So the next question is, what can you do with all of the extra fabric that you just cut off?? And seriously, who is this skinny giant man who used to own these pants????
Well, first of all, you could make an infinity scarf for your dog. They are all the rage right now!
You could also make an appropriate head cover for a female dog. You know, for when they enter into a church.
And of course, at the end of the day, what better way to celebrate than to do a jig with your favorite furry animal and in your newly hemmed pants??
Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope this post comes in handy to someone some day. Hahaha.
Also, I wanted to really thank so many of you for reading my previous post about my fears of being a mother, and for your sweet and kind comments. Wow. I was so afraid of being rebuked for being honest and coming out with my fears, and it has been so reassuring to know that many of you have faced or are facing those same fears. Your comments have really just been so incredibly encouraging and life-giving to me, and I have read every single one of them! Hopefully I will be able to respond to them by tomorrow, but I wanted to acknowledge you all now and thank you. From the bottom of my heart.