He recently got himself a new pair of church pants that needed at least another inch of length. There wasn't quite enough in the hem for me to give him that much without a little help. Here's a little ninja trick to get the very most out of an existing hem.
First, unpick your hem. That line in the middle by my index finger is where the bottom of the original hem was.
Cut a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide. This will be inside the hem so it doesn't really matter what it looks like but I still went with something that at least sort of matched the pants. A pattern could be fun though.
Match up the fabric with the edge of the pants, right sides together. Leave some free at the end.
Here's the extra I left at either end. Sew the ends together as close to the pants as possible.
|Like so. Minus the finger.|
Trim the extra then bust out your iron. Press your seam up toward the pants.
Then fold under 1/4 inch of the fabric at the end and press.
Then fold your extra fabric under and press.
Stitch in your new hem.
A quick run through the wash got rid of the old seam lines and Aaron's pants hit his shoes. And he brags to pretty much everyone at church that I lengthened his pants. Glory to me!