Elasticated harem pants

In the picture is a much easier way to get the gathered effect of these Harem or Turkish pants.

Unpick the hem of your trousers slightly and slip in a piece of un-bendable elastic.

Make sure you measure the width of your elastic and allow a small bit extra to overlap. Hand stitch the two ends of elastic together and stitch the hem back closed.

I used this trick on longer trousers and I even managed to make a bubble skirt by slipping elastic into the hem of a skirt.

And the best bit  …  when this look is over, out comes the elastic and you can revert the skirt or trousers to their original style.
I used a safety pin to thread the elastic inside the cavity of the hem. But I did discover a fancy elastic threader at the fabric supply store recently which will be handy for narrow hems.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.