The other day, while I was in Kamloops, I stopped at Value Village and bought Jevan 6 pairs of pants. I'm really tired of buying brand new pants from Wal-Mart. Why, you asked? He is rather large, and short, for his age and I pay a high price for his pants, then end up cutting off as much as 10 inches from each leg. That's 20 inches of material that I pay for and is basically wasted! I can pick up most pants for him at VV for around 5 dollars a pair. Although they are cheap that still doesn't help me with the excess material. I was speaking with my Mom about it and we came up with the brilliant idea to put elastic in the bottom of the legs around the hem!
Did you know that some pants you don't even have to cut? They are like a tube and you simply slip the elastic in using a safety pin, pull tight, then stitch at each end. Those type of pants usually have a small slit up the leg and some have zippers. But most normal pants I just cut one small slit on the inside hem, run the elastic through, pull tight, and stitch across the elastic. Then let it pop back in and sew up the slit. Done. The nice thing is if Jevan happens to shoot up a bit he can still wear the pants because they grow with him, no more "flood" pants.
Elastic... it's faster than hemming, better than rolling them up, and much better than dragging 10 inches of material behind him ;) Another bonus is that some of the pants are the lined snow/water proof kind and having elastic around them pretty much eliminates snow getting up and under to his boots.