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Monday, March 17, 2008

Stapled Pants - Lazy Mom's Guide to Fashion

I forgot to wash my black pants, so I'm going to wear my brown pants tomorrow for my business trip. But my brown pants are too long. Way too long. I usually wear them with high heels, and a few strategically placed, well hidden staples, to keep them from dragging on the ground.

But now I have some cool red shoes, which are way more comfortable, and much better for walking around rainy Seattle than high heels. So I tried to hem my pants the old fashioned way.

I'm not really a hemmer though, I don't even know how to hem. I just remember seeing my mom and my aunt hem things about 30 years ago. I never paid much attention. I hate getting my fingers stuck with needles, so I gave up on sewing at an early age. I didn't know how to cuss then. I'd probably be a better seamstress now, that I cuss.

Back when I was 12, my mom stopped sewing everything but curtains. Curtains are easy to sew, and teenagers don't complain about curtains the way they complain about hems that aren't quite right. Curtains are happy and cheerful and useful, in that Sound of Music and Scarlet O'Hara way.

But I can't wear curtains to my meetings in Seattle. I have to wear these brown pants, since my black ones are dirty.

Plus, I've spent an hour trying to figure out how to hem these brown pants, and how to coordinate red and brown fashion accessories.

But I'm sitting here with a big mess on my hands. And it's 9:00 p.m. and I have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the 6:30 flight to Seattle.

So I'm eyeing the stapler. Maybe if I role the cuff twice, and staple through the first layer? Will hot glue make the pants too stiff at the bottom?

If I put the black pants in the washing machine now, will they wash and dry before 4:30 a.m.?

This whole delimma's got me in a quandry. Maybe I'll just wear a skirt.

10 comments:

soulfulstrut321 said...
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soulfulstrut321 said...

i itroduce you to the magic of Hem Tape....your basic drug store should carry it.

happy business trip

lexi

hsjacobus said...

Yes, hem tape is great. Simply roll the fabric to the desired spot and iron it. Then put the tape in and iron it again. It glues it into place and the glue holds even when washed.

Miss Julie - Chubby Mommy said...

You people are genius, I tell you! Why didn't I know about this yesterday? I had to pull my black pants out of the dirty clothes and steam iron them. I pretended they got dry cleaned.

another julie said...

Packaging tape also works just dandy. Might need to refresh it though if you wear the pants for more than one day.

Occidental Girl said...

Hemming is hard! My husband asked me to hem his pajama pants. PAJAMA PANTS, which are worn nowhere except to bed! I looked at him sideways for a long while, said "sure". The pants now sit in the back of the closet with the rest of the stuff I don't have time to deal with. There are no words.

Hope all goes well with your trip!

Miss Julie - Chubby Mommy said...

Dear Occidental Girl, I have a feeling your husband's mother was a good hemmer and he is spoiled about hemming. You need to fess up and tell him you are not his hem mistress.

Jen said...

Don't wear stapled pants on the airplane. The staples might set off the metal detector and then the security guards will get cranky. Cranky security guards are no fun.

Miss Julie - Chubby Mommy said...

As usual, Jen has given me good advice. I would not want to have to take my pants off in front of everyone at the Bend airport. Taking my shoes off is bad enough.

Mommy Kerrie said...

sorry, i'm a technotard and commented on the wrong post!!!!!!