Lengthening Pants

Linen pants, wrong sideLinen pants, right side

My recently acquired well-fitting linen pants needed just a little lengthening, which was most feasibly done using their provided seam allowance by loosening the hemline stitching, enclosing the original hem in a small pleat (1), pressing the remaining fabric back outwards, stitching the new hemline off with a sturdy cotton (2), sewing the later onto the inside of the pleat (3) leaving an impeccable finish before ironing the crease into the newly created faux cuff.


  1. I’m not exactly crazy about cuffs on trousers, yet store-bought pants, though unworn, tend to leave an unbecoming mark where the original hemline has been.

  2. If pants are this much trouble, why not make them yourself?