School Picture Day

School picture day (just like Halloween, Christmas and everyone’s birthday…which I am never prepared for ether) happens every year…you would think I would get on outfit for my DS earlier in the year.  Take some leisurely time to ensure that it fits properly and schedule a hair cut the week before…all so my DS is ready for his big day.  Well…in this family, I am not that Mother (although I wish I was!).  School picture day was today.  So what actually happened:  ran to get his hair cut Saturday (thankful for Sports Clips!) after which we spent a crazy morning at the mall trying on pants, shirts and sweaters.  Finally right before DS snapping point we pull a whole outfit together (as well as a bonus “holiday” outfit).  But DS takes after me, and we are no where near done.  What’s left?  Picture a leg with a 23 inch inseam in pants that only come in 30…Here is how I hem my DS pants (works for dress pants as well.

Some ground rules for all of the technique posts.  These are how I have either learned to do it, or how I figured out how to do it through trial and error.  I will try my best to be complete to my process.  I will also mention safety issues as they arise.  I may not remember everything!  Please be careful and think about safety every time you begin a project.  🙂

DS pants before:

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Just a few inches to remove…(like 7 3/4).  First thing is to measure where the pants should be hemmed.

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I like to make them a little on the longer side.  Where they are hemmed is totally up to you.  After I pin them, he can finally get out of them.  This process is like pulling teeth.  (Hopefully easier in your house.)  After he removes them, I measure how much I think I should remove.

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And this is the point in the process I LOVE.  Each leg is different no matter how carefully that I measure while they are on.  So for this pair, one leg was 7 3/4 and the other 8 1/2.  After (and don’t forget this step, as I typically do), turn the pants inside out before you repin and iron the bottom.  The next pics clearly illustrate, I forgot this step.  It isn’t crucial, but makes the folding easier.  Then as the jeans had the stitching at 1/2 inch, I like to cut at 1 inch, and then fold in half.  At that point repin and iron again.

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After you iron it lays nice and flat and is MUCH easier to sew.  Now move to the machine (or sew by hand if you want).  I always use a tester piece of fabric (preferably the same fabric of what you are really sewing) to ensure that all of my settings and tension are correct.  This is a great time to make sure that the length of the stitch is what you want.  The top is the stitching on the pants, the bottom are my testers.  I was not running out for a different shade of yellow thread…I picked the middle setting.

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If you can see, mine has a 1/2 inch measure.  This makes it easier to follow and have a consistent hem line. It also has auto lock stitch.  If not, go back and forth a little before going around the hem.

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Then, if he isn’t totally blowing me off, I have him test the final product.  As you can see, so much better shorter.  Couldn’t convince him to put shoes back on.  Oh well.  Then  I take and sew the strings on the outside of the hem to the inside and cut them.  Finished Jeans!

So we made it through another school picture day.  Now I know you may be asking yourself, how are jeans a great upgrade for picture day.  Most days, my DS doesn’t come out of sweats.  Black sweats, and black sweat shorts…this is a major upgrade!  I am happy.  Now to finish the holiday outfit.  Not dress, but another step up to khakis.  One of these days I might actually get him in a suit.  Something to look forward to!

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~ by vet1999 on October 8, 2013.

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