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Hemming those wool soldiers trousers

Discussion in 'The Ladies Tea' started by Mrs. V, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Mrs. V

    Mrs. V First Sergeant

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    So, we bought a nice pair of used mounted cavalry trousers for my son...they really need to be hemmed, but the pants were pretty much hacked off at 32 inches..which is the length we need. Do we just leave it ragged, or try to hem them? And if we hem, well, lets me honest, if I hem, how? I could do a slim rolled hem..I’ll be swearing as I do it..would that be period at all?

    Help!
     
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  3. Northern Light

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    Can you add a small bias tape hem that you can turn under and hem that way?
     
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    IMHO, don't hem them. I was told years ago that trousers ( and frock coats ) were issued unhemmed. So for 30 years I've left them alone. :D
     
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  5. Northern Light

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    That was so you could adjust them hem yourself. Lazy?
     
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    frontrank2 1st Lieutenant Forum Host

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    No, the wife offered to do them. My impression was to be a soldier in the field so if I had a pair that was too long, I would roll them up a bit at the cuffs. I've seen photos of soldiers doing that very thing.
     
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    captaindrew 1st Lieutenant Trivia Game Winner

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    Yes, don't hem them, the soldiers would roll them up or simply cut them off if way too long. They came with a rough edge.
     
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