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« on: February 01, 2008 10:27:04 AM »

I'm a novice sewer. I would like to shorten one of those ankle-length satin bridesmaid skirts to a more wearable knee-length, but I don't know how to do it. Do I just start cutting? Any advice would be very appreciated! I searched here under variations on "shorten a skirt" or "hem a skirt" but no luck. Thanks in advance for your help!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008 11:30:15 AM »

Best way is to recruit a friend to help you with marking.  Put the skirt on with the shoes you are most likely to wear with it.  Stand in front of your friend and have them place pins around the skirt at the length you want it to be.  You are not pinning anything up at this point, just marking where you want the hem to be.  When you have the skirt marked all the way around you can take it off.  If you don't have someone that could help you with pinning, you could always tack a string across a doorway at the height you want your skirt to be and then chalk it up.  Then with the skirt on and the shoes on, stand next to the chalked line and turn around.  The chalk will rub off onto the skirt and mark it for you.

Now look at the hem that is originally in the skirt.  Is it a narrow hem or a wide one?  You want to put the same kind of hem in at the new length.  So how much you cut off will depend on how much hem you need.  If you are putting in a narrow hem you want to trim the skirt to about an inch below where you want the bottom of your new hem to be.  Basically you want to have double the amount of final hem to work with. 

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