I’m afraid of plenty of things from zombie clowns from outer space to mean girl bullies, but one thing I do not fear is making a mistake or doing something wrong. Mistakes, for the most part, can be fixed and it’s part of the learning process. So, I’m here to reassure you that you can hem a dress.
Because even though I’m fab at fixing up things on my own, there are far more expert people on this topic so I’m linking to THIS TUTORIAL to help you with your hemming needs. I’ll just be here for moral support!
This Penney’s dress is so me (buffalo check AND ruffles!!!), but the midi length in season right now doesn’t flatter me as much as something that lands in the bottom third of my knee. Yes, I’m exact, but it’s true. So, I decided to hem the dress. Here’s a before photo.
Usually, I don’t buy or wear synthetic fibres, but this has an airy weave so less stifling and I couldn’t resist.
It has a sloped hem so that was an added challenge. Instead of just knowing to shorten by 13.5cm all the way around, I had to do it the long way going from a higher point down. Spoiler alert: It was fine. I measured thrice, pinned twice, and sewed once.
The hemming went easily. I made two rows of stitches to secure the new hem (I cut the excess off later).
The new length suits me nicely.