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Chaparral Overalls / Rolled Cuff Hack
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Chaparral Overalls / Rolled Cuff Hack

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In the previous two posts, I shared the adjustments I made for my overalls and a tutorial for how to adjust the front bib. This post is the final in the Chaparral Overalls mini-series, and in it, I'm sharing a little hack!

I loved the look of a rolled cuff when I made my muslins, but when it came to the real thing, I was unsatisfied when I saw the serging line turned out since it's such a drastically different color than the fabric, so I decided to make and attach a separate cuff to each leg. This is an easy hack, so let's get started!  

Note: If you're unsure about adding this cuff, you can always use muslin fabric to give it a try and see if it's something you'll love. I always aim for "love" with the things I make, because if I end up having to go back to fix or change something, I most likely won't do it and probably won't wear it as often.  

Step 1. Lay the pants flat and measure straight across from side to side at the bottom of the pant leg. Double that measurement (to include front and back) and add 1" (for 1/2" seam allowance), and record this number.

Example: The bottom of my pant legs measured 8" from side to side.

8 X 2 = 16 + 1 = 17" - This will be the width when cutting the cuff piece. 

Step 2. Next, decide how high you would like your cuff to be. I wanted mine to be moderately high, so I chose 2" for the finished width. Once you've decided the height, double that, then add 1" for seam allowance (which will be 1/2" once folded). 

Example: 2 X 2 = 4  + .5 = 4.5" - This will be the height when cutting the cuff piece. 

Step 3. Cut your cuff pieces. From the examples given above, I would cut two rectangles that measure 17" X 4.5". 

 Step 4. Fold the cuff pieces in half so that each short end is aligned with the other. Pin and sew the side seam with a 1/2" seam allowance and finish off the edge.  


Step 5. Turn the pants wrong side out, and cuff right side in. Attach the cuff to the pant by slipping it over the outside so that the right side of the cuff is facing the wrong side of the pant leg. Make sure to align the seam of the cuff with the inseam of the pant. Pin and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance, then finish off the edge. 

Step 6. Turn pants right side out; now, the wrong side of the cuff will be facing outward. Next, turn up the cuff halfway (for the example below, it was turned up 2") and then turn it up once more so that it's been rolled twice. 

Step 7. I didn't iron the cuff down or stitch it along the top edge because I wanted it to have the carefree look of being quickly rolled up. You can definitely iron and stitch it down, but I opted to secure it with hand stitching in four places along the top of the cuff; outside edge, inside edge, center front, center back. 

And that's it! 

Thanks for joining us in this mini sew-along for the Chaparral Overalls; I hope that these posts were helpful.- Emily