Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

May 28, 2009

My creative space

I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.

From left:
  • Tape measure

  • Pin cushion

  • New jeans

These jeans belong to Mr Hoppo Bumpo and are brand spanking new. His pride and joy. The thing is, they are a bit long and in need of alteration. Its hard to look proud or joyful when your cuffs are trailing though puddles.

Now in the recent past, all request for jean alterations have been met with polite, but firm refusal. Like, you know ... I don't do denim (especially if one slip of the fabric shears on those precious daks, could result in divorce).

But this week I had a change of heart.

With my new-found interest in exploring hemming techniques, I started reading about the Euro hem. Sometimes known as the "tricky hem", this jean shortening technique can be completed without the peril of cutting implements. With a little folding here and there and a bit of secure stitching, the original decorative hemline is also preserved. Its genius. And all the cool kids are doing it.

So wish me luck. If it goes to plan, I'll show you the results in a future hem-along post. If, on the other hand, it all goes to custard the name of a good divorce lawyer would be much appreciated.

Thank you very much Kirsty for hosting My Creative Space. Its great fun seeing what everyone is doing. To see who else is showing their creative space (or to join in), head over here.


  1. Oh yes the Euro hem. All my jeans are hemmed like that...but not by me!

  2. I've never heard of the Euro hem! Intrigued. I've done a recent hemming on denim (generally I don't 'do' jeans hemming either but the man asked me very nicely). Is it anything like this: http://august-street.blogspot.com/2009/02/hemming-jeans-so-they-still-look-cool.html

  3. Yes, Jen - it looks like your hemming-jeans-so-they-still-look-cool method is a Euro hem!

  4. Good luck with the hem... or divorce, depending on which way it goes!

  5. I've done the Euro hem (though I never knew it was called that) too, but I have to cut off the excess fabric from mine, as it doesn't sit neatly inside the cuff, but flaps down again. Maybe I missed something? (Or maybe there's too much excess fabric coz my legs are so short!)

  6. I'd love to see a hem-along guide for jeans - I always get stuck taking up jeans for my shorter than me sisters.

  7. good luck! :D

    I always just end up walking the excess jean length off lol :p

  8. I've never heard of the Euro hem and shall await your future posts. As someone who either goes without jeans or searches for the perfect pair in the petite section, I'd love to see a jean hem I can do and like. Good luck though, I know how attached I am to my jeans that fit well.

  9. I found that method on the net, but I didn't know it was called the Euro hem. Interesting.

  10. good luck with the hem - i hope you don't land yourself in to much trouble!

    p.s. I am hosting a giveaway for a beautiful handmade ceramic item donated by 'love grows by giving' - you can enter here.

    x nadine
    little lovelies

  11. I have never heard of the Euro hem. Look forward to seeing the end result.

  12. ALL my pants need hemming and I'm past hoping I'll grow an extra inch taller... Bring on the Euro hem! Can't wait to see the finished article.

  13. So how did it go? I've never heard of the Euro hem, but I knew the technique. Which leads me to, are you aware of the vast importance of a hammer in your arsenal when hemming jeans? Truly, I will never hem a pair of jeans without a hammer next to me. You use it to pound the thick seam intersections before sewing...the needle slides through like butter. No lie.


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