How to Shorten Trousers with Cuffs
Trousers come in all lengths, with cuffs or not. If you ever need to shorten pants/trousers and the customer asks for a cuff, it is very easy provided there is plenty of hem extension.
Follow along and you will have those pants/trousers shortened in no time.
Mark the new hem to the desired length.
Release the existing hem, and press the legs flat, use steam if necessary.
|New hem marked and original cuff/hem removed.|
Cuffs can be either 1.25” or 1.5” in height, your choice. Normally I try to make cuff height 1.5”. In this example the cuffs will be 1.5” in height.
Add cuff and hem extensions: 3 X 1.5” to the hem mark, marking with chalk. In this case add 4.5” to the hem mark.
|Mark the outside of legs with chalk.|
Mark the outside of the legs measuring up from the lower edge at 1.5” and 3” with chalk. The hem mark should still be at 4.5” from the lower edge.
Cut off excess and serge lower edge.
Turn lower edge to the inside of leg (wrong sides together) along the second mark from bottom; press flat.
Topstitch the hem in place along the serged edge.
Turn the pressed lower edge up to the outside of the pant/trousers (right sides together) along the lower chalk mark forming the cuff, and press flat.
Remember add three times the cuff with hem extension:
The cuff measures 1.5" on the inside of cuff fold and 1.5" on the outside of cuff fold, and the hem allowance is 1.5" that will be 4.5" added to the length of the desired pant/trouser.
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