The other day while Abbe and I were at lunch the cafe owner asked me a question because he knew I "sewed and stuff". He wanted to know if I could take up a pair of jeans for him but still retain the original hem. I had a play today and I think I've done it. Quite easy and looks really good. I've done a mini tute for anyone interested. Might be popular with trendy teenagers that don't want their jeans looking like Mum took them up.
Please ignore the frayed/well loved jeans I used.
Original hem on jeans.
Cut original hem off about 1/4 inch from stitching. (or about the width of your overlocking stitching.)
Cut main portion of jeans off to desired length.
With right sides together, stitch or overlock in my case the old hem back on to the trouser leg. Stitch as close as you can to the turned up part of the hem.
Press and admire handiwork.
How cool is that.