Shortening pants – preparation techniques
Shortening with plain finish
The process of shortening will start from taking the measurements of course. It is a critical step for getting the length right and it can be a bit tricky if you are less experienced with taking measurements.
There are differences depending on age groups; younger people will prefer to have the length towards the longer side, whereas the mature aged customers will be more inclined towards the shortish hem. They don’t like when they have lots of fabric bunching at the front of their feet. This is also due to physiological changes with aging which affects the posture of elderly people. They have to keep their body leaned forward (for balancing) which makes the front of their pants appear longer than it actually is, making an impression of pant being too long. The other reason is for preventing them to get soiled easily. Some of them are frantic about cleanliness and have limited access or resources to get the washing/dry cleaning done regularly
Taking the measurements
Now it’s time to pin the desired length of pants. Fold the fabric towards inside of pants as in picture, make sure the back is just above the shoe’s heel.
See the picture opposite
The length should be shorter for slim cut pants and more generous for full wide cut pants. Always ask the customer about the desired look and style they trying to achieve. And always insist on trying it with the shoes on.
Transferring measurements to markings for cutting
We have the pants with pins on hem and we need to make markings and remove the pins. Here are the steps:
Cutting and overlocking
Blind stitching and pressing