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Longblades
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Date: 5/24/12 7:39 PM

My own jeans pattern, finally finished and the left leg is about one inch longer than the right. I cannot figure out how this happened. I've been making my own pants for over 45 years and I know my right leg is about 1/2 inch longer than my left.

I don't just hem the right longer though, because fit and fabric play a role too, so I tested my trial hem with the OH. PERFECT, he said and they looked pretty good to me too, in the mirror.

Yet the minute I went to wear them I knew they were wrong. They don't just look a half inch longer on the left, as all store bought pants, hemmed equally, do but a whole inch. Very weird. I think I made the hems deep enough I can fiddle with them but I think I'll have to fiddle with both legs. There's not enough to lengthen the right by a whole inch. Very, very strange.

Oh, and it was just a dog trial I was going to so I wore them anyway.

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Date: 5/24/12 9:49 PM

All I can suggest is sewing a false hem. Sometimes things happen that make you scratch your head

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Date: 5/24/12 10:10 PM

For me, sometimes the leg length changes due to changes in my back between adjustments (back adjustments, that is); one of my hips gets higher and throws havoc with my pant leg length.

I've gotten to the point where I hem BOTH legs about an inch longer than I think I need (which translates to ~31" on the left and about 32" on the right leg.)

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Date: 5/25/12 11:46 AM

Yes, I might do a false hem in order to preserve the length as the left leg is the correct one.

I wonder if there is some way I can hold the OH responsible? LOL

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Date: 5/25/12 2:01 PM

'False hem' is a term that is foreign to me. I looked it up on Google and Burda Style, if I understand it right, says it is a strip of another fabric inserted within the leg? ---/--. Looks something like that?

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Date: 5/25/12 2:50 PM


Aha,, this is where it pays off to be a petite.. I can just roll up my jeans..
Maybe you could wear a different heel on the one foot .. start a new trend..
Maybe you can practice leaning to the right..
Maybe add a trim to even them up.. how cute...

Maybe you should just re hem .. sigh..

Longblades
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Date: 5/26/12 12:03 PM

Quote: lgrande
'False hem' is a term that is foreign to me. I looked it up on Google and Burda Style, if I understand it right, says it is a strip of another fabric inserted within the leg? ---/--. Looks something like that?

Yes. It might make my right leg look a bit bukier than the leg but it's way down at my feet and probably no one will notice but me.

LOL, being petite wouldn't have saved me, I'd still have one longer than the other. The difference in length shows up if I wear a sandal with a one inch heel but I usually wear running shoes and hemmed long enough to allow for some shrinkage (after 3 shrinkings before cutting) and the break camouflages a lot of the disparity, along with moving around.

Nobody thinks I can blame the OH eh? Darn. :)
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Date: 5/26/12 2:22 PM

A dog trial? OMG what did he do that he had to go on trial? Just kidding.

Good luck with the pant leg length and hemming.

BTW, what is an OH? Old husband?

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Date: 5/26/12 6:31 PM

OH = Other Half. I picked it up on a U.K. dog forum I visited. It can be used if you want to preserve gender neutrality though I've given it away here by my pronouns.

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