How To Shorten Unlined Dress Pants Hem


To shorten a pair of dress pants, we’ll
follow some basic easy steps. Let’s begin by marking off the 1 and a quarter
inches that we’ve determined needs to be shortened, tailors chalk in hand mark it
off. Do the same thing on the other side, rip
out the old hem. Now that it’s all ripped out, I can see that the previous hem was
about one and a half inches deep. Here’s my one and a quarter inches that I need
to go up. I think I’m going to make this old crease work for me and I’m going to
cut along next to it about a quarter-inch and that’ll make a nice
fold line underneath on which to sew. After I press up along this line, it’ll
all be clear in a moment. Hang on! See how neatly this has worked out for
me. This is now our already folded under from the previous hem line. This will be
the new hem line. We’ll fold that under. Now I have a very neat edge on which to
tack down and sew around. We could have finished this raw edge any number of
ways: we could have left it pinked as it is, pressed along this line and that
would have been good enough to just sew along, or we could use hem binding tape
that we would sew along the edge for a neater appearance and hem that part up
to the pant, or we could have used the serger for a nice neat finish – lots of
choices. Let’s press along the chalked fold line
now all the way around the pant leg, pin along the edges all the way around.

10 thoughts on “How To Shorten Unlined Dress Pants Hem

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  3. Hello, I see you mark the hemming line starting from the edge of the pant's leg but your pant's original hem is qquite straight. Is there a way to draw a perfect horizontal hem when the original one is not?

  4. I think I understand your question. Place the pants on a cutting board with 1-inch squares. Flatten pants out on the cutting board. Place bottom hem each seam edge should be on the same line. Curved part of hem will dip below. Chalk a line point to point. Careful — if original pants hem is slightly curved, there might be a good reason for it. Before you cut, press up your new hem fold, pin it in place and try it on to see if you really want a severely straight hem or not. Good luck!

  5. Thank you SO much!! You saved my son's pants…Or they would have been "no mas pantelonas"…Like they say in that Progressive car insurance ad…Again, thanks so much!!

  6. Bitte nicht so umständlich. Normale Länge + 4 cm Saum ,umbügeln ,nähen,fertig !Viel Spaß 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Danke für Ihre Nachricht! Leider kann ich kein Englisch,so kann ich nicht lesen,was Sie mir mitteilen.Sie dürfen sich das ,,kürzen'' der Hose nicht so schwer machen.Erst den Saum lösen,zu kürzende cm mit Kreide markieren,4cm Saum dazu,den Rest abschneiden,umbügeln,abketteln u.Saum befestigen.Fertig 🙂

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