Pants of ready-to-wear sold in stores are often purposely made with extra length on legs to accommodate buyers. For those average or less than average, the legs of the pants may be too long and should be stitched hems to fit properly. Although many simply take your clothes to a tailor to make this change, if you have basic sewing skills, you can save money by making their own sheath pants at home. Here’s how:
Try the pants while using the shoes of the model that you will use with them. This ensures that you do not make the sheath or too long or too short.
View the pants and fold the hem of a trouser leg to the desired height and use safety pins to hold it in place. See yourself in a full-length mirror and put your pants straight down your leg and, when sitting, make sure the hem seems to get the right height in both positions: standing and sitting.
Take off your pants. Use a tape measure or ruler to measure how far you went up the hem. Leave a 1-inch of extra fabric beyond the marked sheath and cut the rest with a sharp pair of scissors. Repeat this on the other leg.
Make a finish cut fabric using a sewing machine to make a zigzag along the hem. If you do not have or prefer not to use a sewing machine, apply a product over the seams that prevent opening. This product is a clear liquid which prevents the fabrics fray. It can be purchased at any fabric store.
Fold the fabric left to spare on the back. Press it with an iron and hold it in place with safety pins. Place cord in a sharp sewing needle that matches the color of the pants. Sew the new bar on site. When you have sewn all around the bar, tie a knot in the wire to secure it and remove the safety pins. Repeat on the other leg.