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It’s hard to take a photo of your own ankles. I finally did this one by sitting down on the floor. Do they still call them high-waters? These aren’t capris, just petites with an extra P which also means cold ankles in winter.

December brought lots of painting deadlines, but also the realization that my paint pants were too short. So I found some vintage ribbon in a box and sewed it on the bottom. Surprisingly the ribbon didn’t shrink after washing, but the yarn on the back was getting snagged, so I added a lining.

vintage_hiwaters2.jpg This quicky project turned out so fun, I’m hoping to add little bits of trim and embellishment to other old clothes. My friend Emmie makes custom art clothes, but not being so ambitious I think the embellishment route might be better for me.

Emmie also took me to Margie Pearl’s where I saw some vintage trims that I loved but didn’t buy. Now that I know what to do with the stuff, I’ll have to make a return trip.

Update: I probably got the idea for this from reading a post on Jeanne Williamson’s blog about altering a pair of capris with trim. Also Emmie asked why I didn’t just buy longer pants and hem them. The answer – I’m pretty bad at measuring, so hemming usually results in lopsided pants. Beauty of the vintage trim method – no measuring!

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12 Comments

  • Hi Schnoobie

    Margie Pearls is a shop in a little podunk town about 35 minutes from here. I guess it used to be an antique shop, then started carrying fabrics, now mostly exclusively about sewing and fabric.

    I’ve bought a lot of fancy vintage stuff in Houston, but the stuff at MP was really kind of funky and had never seen anything like it. It’ll probably be a couple of months before I can get back there 🙂

  • At 5’1″ I have chronic pants length issues….it doesn’t matter until I actually have to be seen dressed like an ADULT in public..thankfully that’s not often(where’s my tape?) I LOVE those vintage trims..that looks like a dangerous place (2 yards of each please..)

  • Hey Christine,

    I don’t get the sh-, it almost looks like a bleeped out bad word, but I’m sure your daughter doesn’t talk like that? Maybe they would look better short if I didn’t have pasty white ankles.

  • Hi Emmie,

    If A is for Apron, I hate to think about what you have to make when you get to XY of Z, haha!

    Hemming maybe easy for you, but think I’m a bit allergic to measuring. When I do hem, my pants usually end up lopsided – but actually that that might be due to on of my legs being shorter.

    The nice thing about just adding the trim, I just used the width of the trim and didn’t measure anything!

  • HA! You should see me struggling with an apron pattern from the book: A Is Fr Apron. It’s driving me crazy! I could have used your idea when I was younger because I’m tall and pants were too short. Finally – pants are made a little longer now. Isn’t it easier to hem them up than to add a ruffle??

    Miss you, Pam.

  • How spectacular! I am just too tall for petites and a smidge too short for regulars so my trousers (jeans, pants et. al.) are always just a peck too short or I’m stepping on them. Now I know exactly how I plan to fix the problem! And best of all, I can say that it was suggested [to me?] by Pam Rupert!
    Cheers!
    Dionne

  • Great idea! Yeah, I am kinda between a petite and regular in height, so sometimes they fit just right around the waist and butt but the legs are too short. ARGH!!!

  • Hi Gerrie, guess it goes without saying, there’s nothing new under the sun! Actually I’m pretty boring when it comes to clothes, except maybe my watches and glasses. And lately I’ve been branching out to wild colored socks.

  • I have done this with jeans. I used to be a petite, but sometimes the pants were not quite long enough. Steph does this to Mia’s pants cause she is so tall and skinny.

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