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I have a problem finding long pants. It’s even harder now that I can’t wear anything with a tight waistband. I heard that Melissa wore jeggings throughout her pregnancy. The first thing I thought when I heard about jeggings was: weird. I decided to give them a try though and found some really cheap ones at Wal-mart in different colors. They even have back pockets so they look like real jeans. They don’t fit me perfectly and are too short, but they are stretchy and very comfortable. After lengthening them, I will definitely be wearing these for the next five months.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Here’s a tutorial for lengthening pants. This works best with hems that don’t have any wear on the bottom. See how there’s no wear on these?

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

First, unpick the hem.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Then cut a long strip of fabric on the bias. I wanted a 1″ hem so my strip is 2″ thick. If you want the classic 5/8″ hem then cut your strip 1 1/4″.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

You can also buy single-fold bias tape instead of making your own. It looks like this.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Lay the strip on the outside and sew 1/4″ away from the edge.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial
When you get back to where you started, overlap about an 1″.
Lengthening Pants Tutorial

You’ll have something like this. See the overlapping part?

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Push the seam allowance down towards the hem tape.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Fold the edge up to where the hem tape is sewn onto the pants.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Fold it up again with the hem tape inside.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Pin.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Sew. I sewed 1″ from the fold. (I sewed from the inside because I had black thread in my bobbin and not in the needle. You can sew from the oustide if you like.)

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Don’t forget to iron.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Now I have pants long enough and you can’t tell I did anything. Jegging life, here I come.

Lengthening Pants Tutorial

Author: Heather