This post is about how to make a pair of pants longer. For years I have considered myself disadvantaged when it comes to buying pants. At 5′ 11″ (180.3 cm), finding pants long enough is a headache. It also limits bargain opportunities – for example, the profusion of jeans at thrift stores have been pretty much out of the question. It occurred to me a while back that I could extend the legs of pants by adding more fabric. I finally got around to trying just that. (After I thought of this idea I looked online and I did find some other people who have done similar things, mostly for kids, and much frillier.)
Cut off the bottoms from another pair of jeans that have seen better days. First, make sure the pant leg is wide enough to match the pants you are extending. (These particular jeans had holes in the knees and the heels were ripped up from being worn too long. The remainder will be turned into capris. Otherwise, the thigh portion of the pants would have worked well for extending my second pair of maternity pants.)
I decided to try something a little more conspicuous for the second pair. I cut off the hems, as with the first, serged the edges of them, and then sewed on denim extensions leaving the frayed edge on the right side of the pants.
Again….. extended pant legs… nice and long. This pair will take me a little more getting used to, but I think I like them. Anyway, they will get me through the next couple of months until I don’t need them anymore……. for now……..
For some other pant extension project I’d like to add a fun trim where the fabrics join. Now, to start watching for trims that catch my eye….. like this one found on Flickr.