Last weekend I shortened a pair of pajama pants for the daughter of one of my friends. I took some pics of the process I used. Just in case any of my readers ever need to do the same thing! It’s really very easy. Just a few simple steps
Measure from the top of the pj pants to the length you want them finished plus an allowance for whatever hem or finish you want on the bottom. Cut the leg off here.
Lay the bottom part of the leg you just cut off onto the other leg matching up the bottom edge of the legs. Cut off the second leg.
My friend thought these would be cute with the cuff taken off the bottom and put back on the shortened length. So I cut them off leaving about a 1/2 inch above the black trim.
Save the pieces of fabric you cut out of the pj’s. Use it for a fun project later!
Serge around the raw edge of the cuffs cut off the bottom of the pj’s.
Iron that serged edge to the inside, making sure the black trim does not get pressed under.
This is what they will look like when the serged edge is pressed under.
Since the bottom edge of the pj’s was now bigger around than the cuff that needs reattached I made a pleat at the side seam of each leg.
Reattaching the cuff: Right sides up on pj’s and cuff pin the cuff exactly where it needs to be when finished.
On the inside you will be lining up both serged edges ( I also serged the bottom edge of the shortened pj legs)
This is what the inside looks like when pinned ready to sew.
Stitch on the top side right on the black trim – I used black thread.
This is what the seam looks like on the inside. Two separate pieces both serged. Another way to do this would be to NOT serge either edge before sewing and then serge them both together after the cuff is reattached. It might be a little less bulky that way – whatever you prefer!
And the finished project. Wasn’t that easy?!
Sew a Fine Seam
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