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Double Duty

I know kids grow fast, but Dakota doesn't have growing SPURTS. He just never stop growing.
He is very tall for his age.   He has been since birth!  He was 3.5 weeks early and was 22.5" long.
He couldn't wear newborn clothes they were to short.  He came home from the hospital wearing 0-3 months clothes.  At 12 months he was wearing 2t, and now he is 5 and is wearing size 6 and some 7's. He is tall and very thin which makes it more difficult to find jeans, pants, and shorts that fit him well and are comfortable.
Needless to say keeping him in clothes that fit can be very costly.  It seems like every time I turn around he is outgrowing everything. At the end of winter he started to outgrow his jeans. The waist fits really well, but they are all too short now.  So to save some cash on summer clothes I turned them into shorts.

Supplies Needed:
  • Jeans that are too short
  • Shorts that you like the length of
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Jeans Thread
  • jeans Needle
  • Sewing Machine

Let's get started!

Grab a pair of shorts that you like the length of.  Measure the inseam  ( the crotch to the hem).
Add 1.5" to that to account for the hem.

Measure from the crotch and cut off the jeans.

Now you are going to prees the hem.  Fold up 1/2" and then another 1" and press.

Stitch the hem.  Makes sure you change your needle to a jeans needle and also use jeans thread.
I adjusted my stitch length to a longer stitch. And adjusted the tension to +1.
To get your stitch length and tension correct I suggest the fabric you cut off as a practice piece to get your adjustments as every machine is a little different.


Seams Inspired said...

I do this for my kids too, Nancy! What a $$$ saver it is. I don't think we've ever actually purchased jean shorts for them. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday! :o)

Deanna said...

My youngest son turned 13 in February and is 6'1" Brace yourself. It only gets more challenging. But you have the right idea already.