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Preserve the Pants – Lengthen with Lace

This has happened to me more than once, I come upon a great pair of pants – they look great on, except they’re too short. Now, if I was talking about a pair of $70 pants, the answer is simple – don’t buy them. But if they’re a pair of pants your neighbor is giving you, or pants you found at a clothing swap or marked down at a consignment shop or pants your little one has grown a bit too tall for – there is hope for redemption: Lace trim.

Over the summer, a friend of mine told me that lace was going to be all the rage in fashion. I was like, “really, it’s so cheap looking.” Nope, not true. Lace has made a flirty comeback in an oh so cute, sexy and upcycling way. Have you ever seen those three words together? Didn’t think so.

Lace can be used to lengthen pants that just need that extra 1/2″ – 1″ to look like you’re not wading in a kiddy pool. I’ve used lace to turn a tank top into a cami. Lace has even transformed drab, utilitarian shorts into date-worthy duds. Lace has so many applications for dressing up and saving apparel that otherwise might meet its demise.

The other good news…you can probably dig through your mom or grandma’s sewing box and find some vintage lace!

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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