Crafty Solutions: Lengthening a Hem
SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A LITTLE CRAFTY SOLUTION TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR CLOTHING. SO BEFORE YOU THROW THAT GARMENT INTO THE CLOTHING BIN, THINK AGAIN – CAN YOUR CRAFTY TALENT GIVE IT A NEW LEASE OF LIFE? HERE’S MY LATEST CRAFTY SOLUTION.
By Judy Newman
Issue: This lovely lace dress was just a little too short for comfort. (Sorry – there’s no before picture – I didn’t think of it as something to share until I was halfway through the process!)
Problem: There was very little hem to let down.
Solution: I let the hem down to its full extent, then cut and joined a 5cm-wide strip of silk organza.
A gathering stitch was run along one edge of the strip, then pulled up slightly to give a ruffle effect. No need for heirloom sewing here – the strip then just needed a zig-zag stitch to attach it to the bottom of the dress hem then another row of narrow zig-zag along the raw edge to prevent fraying. (Picture 1)
Then I dug into my stash and found some cotton lace that had been in the drawer for about 10 years and stitched that over the stitching along the hemline. I just love finally using something that’s been sitting around for that long!! (Picture 2)
Add another lace trim to the bottom edge of the organza. (Picture 3)
Trim any loose threads and stand back and admire. (Picture 4)
Result: I think it looks lovely. Very pleased to have the dress back in action AND to have used up something from the cupboard… always a great way to justify buying more stuff.
Reward: A new lease of life for one little dress!
Share: If you have some crafty solutions, please share them. We’d love to hear about your clever fix ups, wardrobe renovations, or just good ideas.