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« on: April 28, 2012 12:37:19 PM »

So I have a maxi dress that ripped near the knee (darn flowiness), and I want to alter it into a new style. A friend said to cut it where the rip would be gone, and hem it with a bright colored tulle, which I have never used before. I wanted to collect more ideas before taking that first snip.

Any hemming advice or suggestion on a brand of hemming tap would be great too, because I am not proficient with using a sewing machine yet and sewing it by hand would take too long.

Below are photos of the rip and full body of the dress:

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012 01:49:42 PM »

Your friend's idea with the tulle sounds good.  You could also attach a scarf at the middle of the back which then drapes shawl-like over your elbows, if you liked the flowy aspect of it.  Or add another layer to the skirt in addition to the tulle, or add embellishments with personal meaning (giving it that OOAK look can cut you a bit of slack while you're learning to use a sewing machine, too!  Wink )  The silver lining here is that the dress is fairly minimalist in style, which gives you a lot of options.
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012 10:19:13 PM »

your friend's idea sounds fun! but if you want to preserve the look of the dress the way it is, you could:

A. just cut up to the slit and hem it, so it's the same maxi skirt except with a knee-high slit.

B. since the skirt has several layers sewn together, you could get a seam ripper and remove the last two tiers, for an automatic knee-length dress (may/may not have to be hemmed).
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012 05:26:33 PM »

You've been given some good suggestions.

You could also remove the bottom two tiers, cut off the top of the tiers you removed (to cut off the few inches that the rip is in) and reattach, your dress would be a few inches shorter.

As for hemming tape. I use hemming web sometimes - its a very, very thin mesh, like a spider web and is fused between two layers. There seem to be a few names that it can go by, hemming web, bonding tape, save-a-stitch, stitch witchery??. Basically, you just put it between the two layers of fabric that you want to join and press with the iron on the 'wool' setting for a while until you think it has fused. Let it cool before any stress is put on the join.  Be warned though - every now and then I come across a fabric that it doesn't work on and it's never the ones I think it will be.

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