How To Shrink Slacks

Ever purchased trousers that were an ideal fit around the waist, yet ended up being slightly too lengthy? It’s an annoying predicament that’s familiar to many. However, don’t worry! I’m excited to present to you my own advice and insights on effectively shortening trousers to achieve the perfect fit.

Materials you’ll need:

  • A pair of slacks that need to be shortened
  • A sewing machine or needle and thread
  • A pair of scissors
  • A hot iron

Step 1: Determine the desired length

Before you begin, it’s important to decide how much you want to shorten your slacks. Put them on and fold up the excess fabric until you reach your desired length. Take note of how much fabric you folded up as this will be the amount you’ll need to remove.

Step 2: Measuring and marking

Take off the slacks and lay them flat on a table. Use a tape measure to measure the amount of fabric you folded up in the previous step. Make a small marking with a pen or chalk at this measurement on both legs of the slacks. This will serve as your guide when you start cutting.

Step 3: Cutting

Using a pair of sharp scissors, carefully cut along the markings you made on both legs of the slacks. Take your time and make sure to cut in a straight line to ensure a clean finish. If you’re unsure, it’s always better to cut less fabric initially as you can always go back and trim more if needed.

Step 4: Hemming

Now it’s time to hem the bottoms of your slacks. Fold up the raw edge of the fabric about half an inch and press it with a hot iron. This will create a clean edge that won’t fray. Then fold it up again, this time to your desired length, and press it again with the iron. Pin the folded fabric in place to secure it.

Step 5: Sewing

If you have a sewing machine, this step will be a breeze. Set your machine to a straight stitch and sew along the folded edge of the fabric, removing the pins as you go. If you’re using a needle and thread, take small, even stitches along the folded edge to secure it. Make sure to double knot the thread to prevent it from unraveling.

Step 6: Try them on

Once you’ve finished sewing, try on your newly shortened slacks to ensure they fit just right. If they still need some adjustments, you can always go back and make further alterations.


Shortening slacks may seem like a daunting task, but with a little patience and some basic sewing skills, you can achieve the perfect fit. By following these steps and adding your personal touch, you’ll have slacks that not only look great but also fit you perfectly. So go ahead and give it a try!