Feeling like one of the Seven Dwarfs
because these puppies are long enough
to accommodate 6" heels = NOT AWESOME :(
Hey, but it's all good because I can fix that!
And if you have a similar problem, here's how to remedy it:
While wearing the sweatpants, I placed a pin where I would like the hem of my pants to end. For me, that's about to the floor with my shoes off. I wanted a 3/4" hem, so I took the sweatpants off and measured 3/4" below the pin. The distance between my blue mark and the edge of the pants was 4 1/4", so I used that measurement to mark my cutting line all the way around both pant legs.
Once I cut the pants off at the blue line it was time to serge the edges. This helps the fabric to not curl, which jersey knit is known to do. If you don't have a serger, just make a simple zig-zag stitch on the edge with your sewing machine.
Then I folded the edge over 3/4", pressed it, and used my twin needle to sew the hem on the right side of the fabric. (The twin needle is really important because it gives the seam a bit of a stretch which means it won't break if I get my foot caught on the hem.)
Yes, it really was that easy. One of the main reasons I have continued to sew over the years is so I can alter my own clothing with a few simple steps. It is totally worth it! And nobody would have guess these pants have been altered which is AWESOME!!
I gladly bid goodbye to the velor sweatpants I made my first year in college, when I didn't have a reason to accommodate a bootie. Woo-hoo!