September 5, 2012

Double Hems

The beauty of creative pants is not lost on me: statement trousers bring a sense of tailoring wonder to warmer-weather outfits necessarily comprised of just a top and bottom, and provide an interesting base above which jacket upon sweater upon shirt are piled on in cooler weather.  In search of a new pair, I turned to old Comme des Garcons for inspiration.

DIY white denim and black corduroy double-hem pants

double-hem pants in various color combinations on the Comme des Garcons Fall/Winter 1998 runway (photos via firstVIEW)

This was a simple way of salvaging two pairs of pants that were already in the “garage sale” bin, and if perchance you held on to the hems of pants you cut into shorts for the summer, this may be the perfect opportunity to repurpose those.  This also seemed to be a great way of bringing my typically pre-labor day white jeans (not that the rules matter to me) into the Fall.  I can imagine this working just as well with hems in plaid flannel, tweed, or even leather.  Here’s how I made them:

I used: two pairs of H&M pants in a similar size and cut (white denim jeans and black corduroys), iron-on fabric adhesive (feel free to sew if that comes easy to you), scissors, and an iron.

I folded the white jeans to my desired length in front of a mirror, and marked them with pins.

I cut the jeans straight three folds down from my mark and ironed the folds over with fabric sizing to ensure that they stay.

I laid the black corduroys over the cut white jeans and, using the crotch as reference, transposed the black cords down by the width of one hem fold.

I then cut the black corduroys along the folded hem of the white jeans.

I turned both the jeans and the corduroy hem extensions inside out and I affixed a strip of fabric adhesive about the width of a hem fold on to the insides of the white pants.

I peeled the paper off the adhesive strip, and ironed on heavily over the two fabrics to be fused. I found that using steam helps bind the fabrics together better even if the package advertises that a steam iron is not needed to activate the adhesive. I turned the pants back right-side out, and excitedly wore them out.

DIY Comme des Garcons double-hem pants, vintage cherry red Made in England Dr. Martens oxfords

Comme des Garcons trench coat, oversize silk shirt of my own design, DIY double-hem pants, Dr. Martens shoes

I thought I'd temper my con-Comme with a piece of the real thing: this Comme des Garcons Homme Plus trench features most of the classic trench coat's functional features: the collar, pockets, and vent, all stitched shut. Worn with a vintage flower stick pin.

I found myself initially uneasy about the coat's stiched-shut parts, but I've grown to appreciate how cleanly they make the jacket hang, particularly on this high stitched vent.

double hems

outfit photographs by Sean Santiago

12 Comments

  • Andrew
    September 5th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    wow wow wwwweeeeeeeee!! Loves it

  • mat
    September 5th, 2012 at 3:41 am

    incrediiiiiiiiiiiiiiiib! nice to take inspiration from something so many seasons again, really good job. have you worn them much yet?

  • Izzy
    September 5th, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Thanks guys! Not yet Mat, just that once. Perhaps around fashion week!

  • Danny
    September 5th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Another brilliant DIY!!!! Congratulations, Izzy!

  • Duck
    September 5th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I just don’t have the patience to do DIYs but these are definitely nice! The final outfit looks really good, I actually prefer it to the Comme runway looks :)

  • Hudson
    September 5th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    perfect!!!

  • Izzy
    September 5th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Oh you are too kind, Michael!

  • Perry
    September 5th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, so good. I’m going to have to attempt this.

  • Daniel
    September 6th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    You’re beyond incredible! I’m falling in love with you’re blog just a little more with every post. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, a California guy.

  • Syed
    September 6th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Haha this is a damn cool diy!! I’m actually on the lookout for a decent pair of baggy Comme or Yohji over trousers to wear over some slim wool trousers.

  • michele
    September 7th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I love, love love this! Such a great idea.

  • часовници
    October 14th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Woow !! It’s AWESOME :) )


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