Post written by Leah Topham, volunteer at Oxfam Batley where she helps upcycle the clothes. She's written this series called Rags to Riches where she lets us in on
her DIY secrets, keep your eye out for her next post! You can also check out her last one 'How to make a Victorian D&G dress'
As all you fashion lovers will have probably seen in almost every high street shop, Lace trousers are totally on trend this season! Why not Revamp some boring old trousers into an on trend pair of beauties?
What you need
- Some Old Trousers
- A Lace
- A Sewing Machine
- Needle & Thread
If you don't own any old trousers, come and visit us in any of our local Oxfam Shops or in our Online shop.
Follow these steps
1. First of all, I started by shortening my trousers by 7". When shortening I took into account that the hem was 1inch so overall they would be 8 inch shorter. If your not sure how much to take off, put them on and ask someone to give you a hand measuring so you can see how long you want them.
2. Secondly, I turned the raw edge over by 1.5cm and did a full machine stitch all the way around to hold in place. The reason I didn't use an over locker is because I know many people don't own one so I have done the way everyone would be able to do if they owned a sewing machine, but with an over locker would be much quicker and easier.
3. Then turn up again another 1.5 cm and sew. This will lock in the raw edge and make a nice neat new French seam.
4. Now to the best bit using whichever lace you desire.
I used heavy weight hole lace which is easy to cut into shapes to appliqué on. I cut the same parts of the lace for both the front and back of the trousers so they match. Pin in place making sure both legs are matching!
5. Finally, using a needle and thread I did little tack stitches on parts of the lace where it wouldn't be seen to hold it to the trousers!
And...Da Da! You have your own on trend lace hem trousers!
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