Short Girl Problems

I’m 5’2″. That means it’s impossible to find a pair of jeans that are the perfect length for me. When I try on jeans in the store, the jeans are so long it looks like I have those scuba dive fins on my feet. Occasionally, I get lucky and find a pair in my size with the appropriate length. This is such a rare occurrence that I usually have to buy jeans that are too long and wear them rolled at the bottom…and sometimes I look really lame when I do this. Thanks to lovely pinterest, I have found an easy way to help my short girl problems.


Using the original hem, I was able to solve my awkward jean roll. I did this to two pairs of jeans and saved my favorite pair of jeans for last, knowing I would probably fail on my first attempt.



Navy thread


4 pins

Tape measure



Step 1 – Finding the Length

Finding the appropriate length depends on the style of the jeans and personal preference. I was hemming straight jeans and wanted them about lower ankle height. If you’re a short girl like me, you should be a pro at rolling your jeans, eyeball it on one side and roll. The original hem should be slightly above your desired length. I used a pin to secure the roll in place and did the dance to get my jeans off. I used a tape measure to get an exact measurement and proceeded to pin my back hem and the other leg (front and back).



Step 2 – Commitment

I used a navy thread to blend with the denim fabric. I started sewing as close to the original hem as possible. I also advise to start on a side hem and try to keep your original hem straight.

Truth moment – I feel like sewing tutorials have to have step-by-step instructions, otherwise I will find a way to mess it up. Not realizing what I was doing on my first attempt, I actually sewed my pant leg shut. After realizing what I did, I proceeded to rip out my thread and start over, meanwhile laughing at myself. The picture below showing the correct way, sew one side at a time and not together.



Step 3 – Use Your Scissors

Go back to when we learned how to use scissors in kindergarten and cut the excess fabric leaving about a centimeter near the original hem. Fold the original hem down and use your iron to ensure it stays down.


Presto! You should now have perfect height jeans.

about me

Hey hey! My name is Amber and I love to do numerous types of things that don’t fit into one category. I love working out, sewing, baking (and not the good for you kind), golfing, meal prepping, reading, and crafting. I DO NOT claim to be an expert in any of these areas but just enjoy time spent getting lost in my hobbies. I’m originally from a small town in Kansas and got married to a handsome guy and moved to Colorado. When I’m not sewing mindlessly or getting lost in a book, I am working as an ultrasound technologist. Enjoy experiencing with me all types of adventures!