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Shortening jeans

lizabeth | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, I am planning on shortening a pair of jeans into three quarter length style. I can easily cut and hem them. But before I go with just a plain hem style would there be anything that I could do to make them look as if they were always meant to be short. I did a brief search through the discussions and archives but could not find anything to help. Would a deeper hem work? Side slits? How do you retrofit them? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


  1. diday | | #1

    Lizabeth, it depends on what you have to start with, i.e., ease in circumference at the 3/4 length, and the finished "look" you want to end up with. With that in mind you could check for some variation in styles for that length. A good place to look is at http://images.google.com/ and type in keywords "3/4 length jeans" -- there are about 5 pages of images.

    1. lizabeth | | #2

      thanks diday,
      I hadn't thought of google images and found a rather nice 3/4 pair with a 'deep' hem that look compatible with the base jeans that i want to alter. I have printed the picture and will have a go tonight.

    2. dionna | | #3

      i cannot locate this site so let me know if this site correct

      1. diday | | #4

        Dionna, just click on this link http://images.google.com/ and you'll see a blank box to type in your keyword, then click on the Search button.

        1. dionna | | #5

          THANK YOU

          1. Marissa | | #6

            When ever I have shortened jeans I use an orange-y thread and actually sew a visable stitch around the bottom.  During a visit to France a while back, lots of people there were actually heming their jeans using a prick stitch, and it looked so strange.

          2. dionna | | #7


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            jacd | | #8

            I did this a while ago, I did side slits and then bar tacked across the end of the side seam.  Topstitched with matching jeans thread and they looked great when done.  My secretary asked me where I bought them like that! :-)

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