Remember this post? Well, I finally got around to lengthening the first dress and I thought that this would also make the perfect Easy DIY feature. It was pretty simple to do and didn’t require much effort, so if you have an abnormal amount of too short dresses, or just one that you’d like to lengthen, then here’s your chance. Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
-Another dress or fabric to lengthen with
-A tape measure
-A stitch unpicker
-And, of course, either a sewing machine or a needle and thread
1. Unpick the hem of the dress you want to lengthen
2. Decide on the length you want your dress to be. It may be helpful to measure it against another dress which you wear often and you know is a good length. Note the extra length down
3. Measure the width of the first dress (at the hem) while it is flat. Make sure there are no kinks in the fabric when you do this though, as it’ll affect the alterations. I found it easier to do the front and back separately, which gave me different measures
4. Cut out your fabric (or second dress, in my case) according to the measures you have taken. Look at the original seams of the dress and try to follow suit. For mine I cut out two back pieces and one long front piece. Remember to add an extra inch or so for seam allowances on the side and hemming on the bottom
5. Pin the pieces of fabric to the dress (right sides together), turn over and check that you’re happy with it
6. Sew the fabric to the dress
7. Once this is done, and you’re happy with how it looks, sew the sides together, creating a seam. Make sure you follow the line of the original seam and, if you find it easier, unpick a few stitches of the original seam to help you
8. All that’s left to do now is to hem the dress and try it on
Et voila! A dress that was once almost indecent has been converted into a wearable garment once again.