This tutorial is a quick and easy one that’s so fundamental and basic — hemming a pair of shorts. I finished up these shorts as a part of my Summer Wardrobe Project, where I’m attempting to sew or alter
1 item a week at least 5 pieces of clothes (who am I kidding?).
First off, hemming up a pair of shorts, a skirt, dress or pants is super duper easy and basic, but immensely useful. If you frequent thrift stores, your possibilities double if you know how to do this. Perfect example — these shorts have an adorable print, super soft, and a perfect high-waist that you can’t find in stores. The only problem is that the length makes them look suitable for a tourist mom. The solution? Hem them up!
First you’ll want to try on the shorts, tuck under the edge and pin to find the appropriate length. I usually add about an inch because I’ve learned things typically get shorter than you think, and no one wants to see you walking around town showing off the goods. Next, take that number and add 1” (for hem allowance). Then, take the shorts off, turn them inside out and draw your cutting line in chalk. Cut off the excess. (Save that fabric though and use it to make something useful like a matching hair bow.)
Second, press up the raw edge by 1/4”, then again about 3/4”. Pin.
Third, sew along your inner folded edge. Press.
That’s it, you’re done! If you’re looking for something else to fill your freetime with, try a different DIY project.