Being somewhat average when it comes to height, many pants are too long on me. Petite sizes don't work, because they'll hit me at just below my ankles and the rise is too short. What usually ends up happening is that I'll wear the pants that are too long and the hem will become torn as I step on it.
I've watched all those makeover fashion shows that keep stressing the importance of getting your clothes altered and I never followed the advice. Until now.