Instructions for Cuffing or Tailoring Men's Suit Pants

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Instructions for Cuffing or Tailoring Men's Suit Pants
Tailoring trousers to cuff a hem is a simple procedure. (man in dress shoes image by jimcox40 from

Adding cuffs to a plain hem on men's trousers is a tailoring technique that gives an extra design feature to the material. Thought to be a concept imported from Britain in the late 19th century, the cuffed pant hem conveys an elegance that continues its popularity in both casual and business fashion styles. Creating a cuff for suit trousers is a straightforward procedure requiring simple sewing skills to achieve the classical look.

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Things you need

  • Suit trousers
  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Tailor pins
  • Ironing board
  • Cloth
  • Iron
  • Needle
  • Sewing cotton thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Choose a pair of suit trousers that are three inches longer than the man's normal trousers length, which allows you to create a 1 1/2-inch cuff on the trousers. Ask the wearer to put on the trousers with a belt and shoes so that you can adjust the hem length accurately as worn.

  2. 2

    Turn up the excess trousers length on both legs, and adjust the bottom hemline so that it sits at the top edge of each shoe heel. Use tailor pins and pin through the material two inches above the hemline and around each leg to secure the length. You don't need to measure the two inches as you are just giving yourself room to iron a crease in the bottom edge.

  3. 3

    Position the trousers on an ironing board, and place a clean damp cloth over the turned up material. Set the iron to a cotton setting, and iron over the cloth and press the bottom edge of the trousers leg so that the hemline holds a crisp crease along the edge. Repeat the pressing procedure for the second leg.

  4. 4

    Remove the pins and turn down the material so that the two edges align, and pin the edges together. Press the top edge of the cuff to give a crisp crease along the edge in the same manner as before. Repeat the procedure for the second leg.

  5. 5

    Match the cotton thread to the colour of the trousers, and with a needle and thread sew a running stitch along the bottom edge of the cuff to secure the two edges together. Sew the second leg in the same way.

  6. 6

    Turn the trousers inside out and use a tacking stitch to sew the cuff to each side seam, and repeat for the second cuff. Snip off any long thread ends with scissors. Turn the trousers back the right way, and press the whole garment with an iron and a damp cloth to finish the suit trousers.

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