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cuffs on pants when not enough material

virg | Posted in Fitting on

I have my sons dress pants to hem, and he wants cuffs.  I only have just afew inches to spare at the bottom. what can I do?  Is there a way to use the material in the pants without adding a facing?


  1. mem | | #1

    I guess the problem is that you dont have the fabric to make the cuffs??

  2. mainestitcher | | #2

    Maybe there is enough material for what we call a "french cuff." you need three inches of material past the hem length.

    1. virg | | #3

      I just have about 3 inches to work with.  What is a french cuff? And How do you make one.  I would be satisfied with a cuff that just looks good.  I can't match up the color in his pants to add fabric to the end. I am about ready to just sew it up plain.

      1. mainestitcher | | #4

        Okay, here's how it works.
        1. mark the hem
        2. mark a line 1 and 1/2 inches above the hem
        3. mark a line 1 and 1/2 inches below the hem.4. Now, take the hem line, and baste it on the outside to the line above it. Try to baste as close to the marked lines as possible. there will be a crease between the two.5. Now fold the material toward the inside on the line below the hem, and baste that crease very close to the fold. 8. On the inside of the trouser, the end of the material will be folded under, and the new fold matches up to the fold line created when you basted lines 1 and 2 together. Whipstitch or blindstitch these two edges together. 7. Tack the top edge of the cuff at the side seams, at the center fronts and center backs. Press.It sounds like a lot of steps, but it should only take about thirty minutes.

        1. virg | | #7

          I thank you so very much.  I printed out the instructions so I can remember how to proceed I hope I can do it as my son believes me to be a miracle sewer.  virg

  3. needle | | #5

    There is a mock cuff that you can do, but it is rather hard to explain on paper. Fold  under a hem, ( 1 1/2  is good ), then on the outside of the pant, and at the top of the hem, grab a 1/2 " pleat, and fold it upwards. You will now have a 1/2 " fold on the outside of your pant,  but 1 1/2 " from the bottom. You can either hand stitch it or machine stitch at the bottom of the 1/2" fold. I have a web cam, so if you want  to send me your email address, I can make a little movie, and send it to you.   Needle

    1. virg | | #6

      I am so grateful for the instructions.  I will try to do it on his pants.  He believes I can do anything in sewing.  I try to let him know I am not professional but he don't hear it. I printed it out and hopefully I can do it.  I do not have a web cam but I so apperciate your help.

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