Monday, 1 June 2015

I Made It Monday - Making Pants Longer

Welcome back to I Made It Monday! 

We tall girls run into this problem all the time.  All.  The.  Time.  Pants which are not long enough.

I was given these pants by a well meaning loved one who said "they're really long"!.  But they weren't.  They are really comfortable with fabric that has great drape but they were too short.  I wore them around the house for a while - waiting for a flood - and decided to make them wearable outside the house!

Top: Long Tall Sally / Pants: Refashioned by Me / Necklace: Made By Me / Shoes: Old

This is a really easy way to make pants longer.  In fact, if you don't sew you can use iron on hemming tape to attach some feature fabric (just make sure you fold in the raw edges).  That's right - no sew! 

I sewed fabric to the hems of these pants.  Because blacks are impossible to match I went with a great floral print.  On a side note: this fabulous fabric was given to me by a dear friend who purchased it sometime in the 1970's!  I love it!  I've also made a skirt and top from it which will be featured in an upcoming post. 

To add length simply determine how much longer you want your pants and cut 2 rectangles that length plus seam allowances.  I let down the hems on the pants for maximum length.
Make sure the rectangle is as wide as your pant leg opening. 
Sew up the short side to make a tube.
Match right sides together on tube and pants, sew.
Finish raw edges and you're done!  Long pants!

Okay, so no more stick figures in the diagrams.

Photos c/o my wonderful Husband


  1. Oh my gosh! Your diagram is the most amusing and cute thing I've seen all day.

    1. Thanks Beth! Yep, the diagrams are not my strength. Now that I have some fabulous vintage sewing books I'm going to try to use images from them. X Allison