Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Style: Shortening A Bordered Hem

Happy Friday friends! One of my latest thrifted purchases needed altering, so this tutorial is how to shorten a bordered hem. It's very similar to sewing an original hem (for jeans). I wanted to hem this dress 2.5 inches so here is the step by step.

Step 1
Cut open stitches from original hem.

Step 2
Measuring 2.5 inches from top of border, I made a mark. Then, I cut off the bottom of the dress leaving a 0.5 inch seam allowance. Next, I measure a 0.5 inch seam allowance just above the border and cut off the excess. I ended up removing about 1.5 inches.

Step 3
Pinning the "right" sides of the fabric together, I sewed just above the brown border.

Step 4
I ironed the new seam towards the hem.

Step 5
I folded the underside of them hem (originally cut open in the first step) and pinned in place.

Step 6
I topstitched the underside of the hem just above the brown border, encasing the raw edges from step 3. After that, I pressed the hem again and ironed the rest of the dress.

That's it for this tutorial. Overall, one of the easier ones. Hope you enjoyed!


Maria DaintyandDecadent said...

So so cute! I need to do this to one of my dresses so this post will be bookmarked! Thank you :-)

Dainty and Decadent

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

this is really great - the images help SO much - and it turned out great

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

Ellyzabeth Tanaya said...

Waaaw a very nice tutorial and dress! Will try this at home ;)

Amy said...

Ugh I am sweing incompetent. I need some lessons!

s said...

love this! You are amazing!!! xO!

Juneli said...

Mary Ann, you are an expert in sewing! I could've never managed that!!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

Flair byBrandi said...

Great job! I would have royally messed that up! The dress looks amazing! Take care!


Sara Flynn said...

Stunning dress! :)


Marla said...

Adorable!!! Always great to learn a thing of two xx


Anonymous said...

What a great tutorial :) and the dress turned out great :)

Little-Hat said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! A beautiful dress!!! And I admire your sewing skills.


Rachel said...

Great tutorial! I can't believe this is thrifted! It's so adorable and it looks perfect on you!

Sofies closet said...

I love your dress :-)

loveu said...

gret tutorial :):)! and very pretty dress<3 I'm following you now, follow back if you wan't:)xx

Элен said...

You have a nice blog!
Offered to become mutual drive :)

Vany. said...

Thank you for your comment
Yes, he is ny baby :)
Nice dress!♥


Stephanie Lam said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Love this look, I wish I could sew as well as you! Following you now too! :)


Daria said...

wonderful dress! (I think I said that before, but hey, its true!)
It's a great and easy solution and you can save the money! But I'm not talented enough for self made things like that :D

Daria from

Northern Style Exposure said...

such a great idea! love this dress, worth the time and effort

Anonymous said...

wow! That was amazing! I love to sew but unfortunately don't know a lot of tricks, but this was very easy to follow. The finished dress looks incredible on you!! <3


Julia said...

Wow that dress is gorgeous, my dear! I love the color with your skin tone, so pretty. Wherever you are in that last photo looksl ike the place to be! :D


alongobucco said...

Such a great little fix--that dress is gorgeous!

The Glossy Life

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Wonderful tips! I may have to do this to a few of my dresses...

Kristen said...

Sewing is about the only crafty thing I can't do. You did a great job! Love the dress! Thanks for commenting on my blog and I hope you guys enjoy your seafood boil!
Following you! Hope you will follow back!

Am2Pm Chic said...

Pretty dress, and I think you are an expert in sewing. Great job.

Meegaa said...

great job, I´ve done to follow you.

Jenny Lauren said...

Oh wow, that is a lot easier than I would have thought. I'm a novice sewer, but I think even I could do that. Thanks so much for this!

xo Jenny

monica said...

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog!
This dress is so pretty, after you shortened it, it has the perfect length! I really admire people who know how to sew, I want to learn it someday! :-)


Style Eyes said...

I love this DIY. I am short so almost always need to take dresses up but never even thoughtit was possible on those with a border pattern. I love the dress, very pretty.

Emily said...

wow! great tutorial!! I am always so nervous altering my own clothes, but I have a sewing machine and might just have to give it a go! xx