Well, you can't return things to the thrift store and I was pretty pissed that I spent $2 and had nothing to show for it. (What? I'm cheap.) I looked around on the internet for a tutorial on adding length to kids pants, but just couldn't find anything that excited me. Don't get me wrong, there are tutorials out there, but a lot of them involve ruffles. I'm just not down with ruffles. Especially ruffles added to denim. No. So the jeans sat on top of the dryer for a few weeks until I could decide what to do with them.
Then on Monday I saw this post on Salt and Chocolate and I was immediately inspired by her "mama embellished pants." Yes! Embellishments that aren't tacky. So I got to work.
Since I was adding length and not just embellishing, my fabric section is longer than Mary Beth's, but I still love the look.I chose some navy ticking striped fabric because I really wanted these pants to be as subtle as possible. I didn't want them to scream out that they used to be too short.
I wish I could tell you how I did it, but honestly I just played around with it until I found a look that pleased me. I measured, cut, ironed, and pinned over and over again. The process took me all day, but the girl was home sick so this pants project was what I did in between emptying the puke bucket.
The girl is quite happy with the pants I *made* (ahem) for her. Even Jay was forthcoming with the compliments, although he thought the stripes were prison-like. Frankly, I think that's fitting considering my parenting style is quite warden-like.