This tutorial is a complete guide to hemming your jeans. I’ve broken down into 2 parts: First, finding the correct length your jeans should be hemmed according to the type of jeans you have. Then, how to actually hem jeans while keeping the original hem, so they look like they were tailored and made just for you! Hope you find this guide helpful!
Part 1: What length is the right length for hemming my jeans?
You’ve found your perfect pair of jeans, but they’re not perfect until they’re properly hemmed for you. How to hem your jeans is a big question, it can be a complicated thing, every style of jean needs to be uniquely hemmed to highlight the best part of those jeans. Growing up, I could never get it right – too long and it’s sloppy, too short and you look like you’ve shrunk your jeans in a wash. This post is dedicated to help you find the most suitable hem length for your jeans, whether they are skinny & straight to boot cut and flared.
What length should my jeans be?
You have 4 basic types of jeans and there’s a different hem length that each should be:
- Skinny Jeans or Jeggings
- Straight Leg Jeans
- Boot Cut Jeans
- Flared or Wide Leg Jeans
1. Hemming for Skinny Jeans / Jeggings
I find choosing a hem for skinny jeans and jeggings a little more forgiving. If they are too long, the jeans can still look good a little bunched up or rolled up. But for a clean chic look, I like skinny jeans hemmed at the top of the ankle.
2. Hemming for Straight Leg Jeans
Like the skinny, straight leg jeans should be kept at a shorter length for a clean modern look. I like them best to be hemmed so they touch the bottom to mid part of your ankle. That way you can wear them with flats, booties and heels.
3. Hemming for Boot Cut Jeans
Boot cut jeans are meant to elongate the leg length and slim it, so you’ll be wanting to keep the length of the jean longer for this style. Finding the right hem for boot cut jeans are really dependent on the heel height of your shoe. You’ll want to hem them about 1/4 -1/2 inch off the ground measured from the back of your heel to get that slimming look.
4. Hemming for Flared and Wide Leg Jeans
Flared and wide leg jean hem lengths are much like the boot cut jeans. Keep in mind what shoes you’ll be wearing most with them and hem them 1/4-1/2 inch from your heel. With flared and wide leg jeans you really have to get the hem length just right. If they’re too long they’ll be dragging on the ground and if they’re too short it just looks silly. When measuring for these jeans, make sure you have your jeans sitting in a comfortable position and having a friend to help cuff your jeans up is really helpful.
DIY: How To Hem Jeans with Original Hem
If you’re a shorty like me, hemming every pair of your jeans can add up to be an expensive task, especially if you want the original hem, they always want to charge extra for that! So why not just do it yourself? It’s actually very easy, and if you have a sewing machine, great! Your alterations will take you no time at all, but even if you don’t, you can still hem your own jeans the traditional way with needle and thread and have them still come out looking great!
Step 1: First, you’ll want to measure the proper length of your jeans and fold them outward. Roll the jeans up so they are slightly above your desired hem length.
Step 2: Sew along the seam of the original hem. If you have a sewing machine this will be quick and easy, but if you don’t a needle and a thread will do just fine.
Step 3: Cut the excess fabric away, leaving maybe 1 cm or a little less from the your newly sewed seam
Step 4: Iron flat and you’re all done!
I found out my memory card was corrupted only after I had completed hemming my own jeans, so I had to borrow some images. Photo credits for this jean hemming tutorial goes to Do It Yourself Divas. 🙂
I hope you found this post informative and helpful!
Let me know your thoughts below in the comments section below 🙂