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Monday, 25 March 2013
A simple update to lengthen too short jeans, and a tshirt to match!

I suspect your kids are like mine... they keep growing!
{And thank goodness for that healthy fact!}
And their clothes don't tend to grow with them.

My daughter has a favourite pair of jeans, affectionately referred to as her 'teenager jeans'.
When she puts them on, she tends to get a big attitude and start singing rock songs...
meaning she sings 'rock', 'rock it!' and 'rock on' in random order, ad nauseum.
But the teenager jeans (which we purchased second hand and already hemmed) are getting a tad too short.
While thumbing through ideas for clothing on Pinterest,
I noticed a pin for a lovely fall jacket... but what caught my eye was the ruffles on the little girl's jeans!
Must. Have.
And what a perfect solution to flood pants that still fit otherwise!

So here is my version of the renovated pants, 
and a simple appliqued tshirt to match!

jeans or other pants
♥ cotton fabric scraps
      (at least twice as wide as the bottom hem of the pants you plan to reno)
♥  Sewing machine (and serger if desired), may be hand stitched as well!
♥  Scissors, pins, rotary cutters and other favoured notions
(really, all you need are scissors, scraps, pins and a needle and thread!)
♥ tshirt and a bit of fusible interfacing
♥ letter template, if desired
1.  Decide how long you want the finished pant legs to be.
     I prefer to measure the inseam for a more stable measurement,
     since all that matters here is where the pants fall in relation to the floor!
     Decide how many ruffles you want to add.
              Let's say your desired inseam is 18".
              The pants are currently 16" long at the inseam.
              You want to add TWO ruffles, the top one 1.5", the bottom one 3".
              You need to add a 1/2" seam + 1/2" hem allowance to ruffles.
              And 1/2" seam allowance to pants.
              The second ruffle will determine the length of the addition.
              So You need to cut:
                             Cut the jeans back to 15.5" (allows you to remove the finished hem).
                             Cut Ruffle #1 at 2.5" high by 2-3 x  the width of the pant leg opening.
                             Cut Ruffle #2 at 4" high by 2-3 x the width of the pant leg opening.

 2.   Turn in and press the bottom edge of each ruffle twice: 
       1/4" and then another 1/4".
       Top stitch this hem in place on each ruffle.
       Then, join short ends of each ruffle and sew together.
3.  Slip the top ruffle over the bottom ruffle(s) and line up raw edges.
     At this point you can either gather with your serger, gathering foot
     or simply baste two rows of gathering stitches around the bands,
     making sure to leave long tails to pull up the gathers to match the size of the pant opening.

4. Pin the gathered ruffles to the pants, right sides together.
    Spread the gathers around evenly.
    You may find it helpful to divide the gathers and the pant leg into quarters,
     to pin and spread evenly.
     I chose to baste in place and then finish with the serger,
     how you finish this is up to you!
 5. Press the seam allowances up toward the denim and the ruffles down.
    Topstitch around the bottom of the pants, holding the seam allowance in place.
Tshirt Applique
This is a super simple applique, meant to look 'rock and roll' (LOL).

Start with a light to medium weight fusible interfacing and follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying this to the inside/ wrong side of the surface you plan to applique on to, over the area the applique will cover.

Cut out your letters or shapes from your cotton scraps.
{{You can make an easy letter template by printing your word out in a preferred font and using these letters as a pattern for your applique. I worked freehand for this one!}}
Pin pieces in place.
Stitch as desired.
As I was going for a frayed edge look, I used a straight stitch inside of my letters, with random zig zags to secure all the bits in place.

Toss the finished tee in the wash to fray the edges. Trim as needed.
And then, my friends... Rock it! Rock on! Rock! ♥♥


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