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Tailor hemmed my jeans too short. Am I screwed?

Asked by Ian Bell

He hemmed them about 1/4″ too short and they look funny now when wearing the jeans with tall shoes or boots. They see to look OK when wearing my Vans or boat shoes though.

I am assuming the jeans will shrink even more the more I wash them. Any way to fix their length or am I screwed?

  • Of Wit & Will Of Wit & Will

    February 4, 2013 – 1:09 pm

    To avoid shrinking, you can dry on low or air dry. But usually jeans don’t shrink much vertically – they only go back to their original shape after being washed.

    I guess you can keep the jeans to go with appropriate shoes. Or go for the rolled up cuffs look if you can pull it off…p-your-jeans-and-khakis.

    There’s always the option of trying to re-hemming it since they must’ve left in some extra fabric inside the cuffs. Good luck.

    • Ian Bell

      February 4, 2013 – 2:45 pm

      Thanks for the help. Being in Portland OR, it would be hard to get away with the rolled up look. I have already started pairing the jeans with the appropriate shoes.

      Glad to know re: the shrinking too. I love these jeans and its a shame they are too short for all shoes.

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