Whilst I'm not sure my 8 and 9 year-olds would go for this solution, I'd inflict it freely on anyone of preschool age.
Just grab some fun, contrasting fabric and make those pants legs longer.
|oh yes, it's that chenille again|
Here's what I did with this pair of my nephew's jeans.
These old favourites are size 1. Nephew is four and a half. Baby pants tend to be big around the waist and backside to accommodate nappies/diapers. Once kids are toilet trained, some clothes take on a whole new life again. These jeans also have that fabulous adjustable elastic in the waistband.
The turn-up cuffs were worn, so I chopped them off.
Measure the leg bottom width, double it and add 1 inch for seam allowance.
|6.5 inches x 2 = 13, + 1 inch s/a = 14 inches|
Cut 2 rectangles of fabric, the width calculated above, and depth of extra length you need in the pants, plus 1.5 inches for seam and hem.
|obligatory cutting mat shot|
Fold cuff fabric in half, right sides together, and sew up the side seam with 1/2 inch seam allowance. I zigzagged the raw edges separately so I could open them out, to reduce bulk when hemming.
Slide inside-out cuff over jeans leg and pin edges, right sides facing. Line the cuff seam up with the inside leg seam.
Stitch all around with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I then zigzagged the raw edges together.
Turn the cuff down and top stitch, catching the seam allowances underneath. Start at the inside leg for a neater finish.
|here is where my little old free-arm Husqvarna would come in handy, except it's at the repair shop|
Turn the hem under twice, pin and sew, starting from the inside leg.
Repeat for other side. Give it a press and you're done. Admire silly pants on your cute child!
Here are some well-worn ones I made last winter. I bought Clem some new size 3 track pants but the waist was far too big. So I took his size 1 track pants, with perfectly fitting waist, and lengthened them.
|when I used a thinner cotton fabric, I doubled it and sandwiched around the bottom of the pants leg|
- Jane x