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Old 01-16-2020, 10:32 AM
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I need to hem up DS's new school pants, but I think he'll be able to use them for a another year--they're just too long. Would you cut them and hem, or just fold and hem? Would folding them leave some abysmal looking crease after I let them back out once he is taller?


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Old 01-16-2020, 10:44 AM
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Yes, probably would have a circumference mark/line when itís unhemmed. Also, since the material is tucked inside, it may not match. The rest of the pants will have a more faded or worn look. Thatís been my experience with jeans and cotton material. Iíd just cut it and hem it to avoid the bulkiness. Sorry this isnít the answer you were hoping for. Those adorable munchkins...always growing!
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How often will he wear them?
Old 01-16-2020, 12:47 PM
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If they are only for dress I would do just a temporary hem and then let it out. You could fold and hem. If it looks crappy when you take it out you could then cut it.
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I should have said...
Old 01-16-2020, 01:00 PM
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These are school uniform pants, so lots of wear. Looks like Mama's got some cutting and hemming to do this weekend! Thanks for the responses!
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Also, I think it would depend
Old 01-16-2020, 01:19 PM
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on the color. Black or Navy blue is more likely to show fading. Khaki is less likely. Also, it would depend on how many pairs he has, and thus how often each pair is worn. I'd say that you could leave about a two inch hem without it being too bulky and still have some room to let down.


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Old 01-16-2020, 01:26 PM
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Probably will end up with a mark, but I've heard if you out yarn inside the he it prevents it, but I'm not sure I believe that.
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Hemming
Old 01-16-2020, 06:41 PM
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It depends on how much you need to turn up. If itís more than three inches, the pants are going to look funky. If you shorten, then lengthen, you could probably steam out the crease.

My gut says....heís a boy...those pants are going to last long enough to lengthen them again.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:12 PM
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I would start by making them as long as you think is practical. Then leave a generous hem (maybe 1 1/2 or 2 inches--no more).

The chances are that when you let the hem out, there will be a noticeable crease and/or a lighter colored line where the dye and fabric wore. Depending on the color, you may be able to make them usable with a permanent marker.

Letting them out will only work if your son isn't picky about his clothes--and doesn't put on weight!

My mom used to let out full skirts and sew a row of rick rack over the old hem line. Would never work on pants.
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