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Don´t cut, reduce leg length with darts!
Darts are the perfect solution when you need to lose length from the back leg of your jeans, but none from the front. Fast, simple and hardly visible! And no cutting needed. So... If I ever wanted to open the darts up again to add length, it is possible!

I use only one dart (sewn to hem) if I need to finetune the length about 1/2 inches (3cm) from the heel, but leave the front un-touched.

Posted by OutsaPop Trashion from Finns, Finland • Published See OutsaPop Trashion's 12 projects »
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  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 1
    Step 1

    I needed to shorten these jeans only from the back leg, because the front was perfect. Also these pants had a beautiful worn detail in the heel, so normal cutting did not seem like a good idea. I decided to shorten these with DARTS.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 2
    Step 2

    I measured that 1 1/2 inches (8cm) had to be lost. I decided that I would take 1/2 inch (3cm) from the heel and 1 inch (5cm) from the knee.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 3
    Step 3

    This is the back leg, knee hight. First I drew a "folding line" and then two more lines 1/2 inches on both sides. I use a ballpoint pen to do my markings, because it stas on well and comes off in wash.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now fold the leg and pin together.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 5
    Step 5

    I find it easier to start sewing from the middle towards the sideseams. Sew twice with regular sewing thread to make the seam last better.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 6
    Step 6

    You must curve the seam when closing the sideseams.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the sideseam allowances out of your way when you sew so you are able to stitch all the way to the sideseam.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 8
    Step 8

    When the darts are done, try the jeans on to see if the length is correct. If they are, fold the dart allowances upwards and stitch fro top to make the seam fit better. DO NOT CUT ANY ALOWANCES AWAY.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 9
    Step 9

    Your knee-dart should look like this. I usually sew twotop-stitches to make the allowances stay in place better.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now repeat the same with the heel-darts.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 11
    Step 11

    For the heel-dart only one top-stitching is needed because the allowances are not wide. Always fold the allowances upwards.

    I sewed the heel darts about 2 inches from the hem, because I did not want to mess up the heel abrasions.

  • How to make jeans. Shortening Jeans With Darts - Step 12
    Step 12

    Finished! The leg will curve to the back but it will look surprisingly straight when the jeans are worn. Isn´t it amazing where 1 1/2 inches (8cm) on extra-length just disappheared! And no cutting needed. So... If I ever wanted to open the darts up again to add length, it is possible!

    I use only one dart (sewn to hem) if I need to shorten the denim 1/2 inches (3cm) from the back, but leave the front un-touched.

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Glenda A.
Glenda A.
You are so clever! Love this idea and best of all, if I goof, I can undo it. Thanks!
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Chuckee
Chuckee · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 14 projects
Dude... Great idea...
My pants always come too short, but most of my friends have to roll theirs up, which drives me nuts! So maybe I'll see if I can talk them into letting me try this out on their pants...
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OutsaPop Trashion
OutsaPop Trashion · Finns, FI · 12 projects
Athenamat, these pants actually look surprisingly "straigt" when worn. The hem dart is hardly visible (leg looks straight). The knee dart curves the leg slightly but not no much that it would make the jeans funnylooking.
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athenamat
athenamat · New York, New York, US · 19 projects
I'd like to see these pants worn because I have a hard time invisioning how these would look on. Neat idea though!
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
This is such an awesome and helpful how-to, thank you!
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cinderelly
cinderelly · 4 projects
this is too cool...i like to wear high heels and like my pants long, but the hem in back always seem to wear out. this might help!
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Krissi
Krissi · Folsom, California, US · 9 projects
Great idea! I'm always stepping on about .25" of my hem!
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