How to Hem Velour Pants

Tailor your own velour pants for a wearable look like Trinny Woodall's.

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Frustrated with fit dilemmas? Every diva's got her problem areas when it comes to wearing standard clothing sizes. One common complaint is the issue of overlong pants, which usually send fashion mavens running for professional assistance. Not every girl needs to go for a tailor, however, even when dealing with less standard fabrics. Got a pair of too-long velour sweats worth hemming? Find your inner DIY adventurer and fire up your sewing machine for a quick hem fix.

1.

Pre-wash the velour pants to account for shrinkage, if they've never been washed before.

2.

Put the pants on and mark the new hem placement with a few pins. Remove the pants and measure the distance between the pins and the existing hem.

3.

Subtract one inch from your Step 2 measurement. Cut this amount of fabric off the bottom of each leg.

4.

Fold the bottom one inch of each leg to the inside of the velour pants. Place pins along the folded edges, close together.

5.

Run your fingers over the velour, in the direction of the nap, so the nap flattens out. Place the fabric under the presser foot so that you will not be stitching against the nap.

6.

Sew along the pins, 5/8 inch away from the folded edge of each hem. Remove the pins as you sew.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Velour pants

3.Pins

5.Scissors

7.Home sewing machine

2.Washing machine

4.Measuring tape

6.Thread

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Use a walking foot or rolling foot on your sewing machine if you are having a hard time feeding the fabric through the machine.

Do not use a regular machine needle with velour. Use a sharp needle made for microfiber fabrics or a double ball point needle.

 

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References

 

"Sew Any Fabric"; Claire Shaeffer; 2003 "New Complete Guide to Sewing"; Reader's Digest; 2002

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