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Raising the Hem With Princess Seams

I picked up this dress at the thrift store by my house.  It fit well through the bust area, but it was way too long for my taste.  I decided to raise the skirt by cutting 21″ from the bottom hem.

I also went ahead and cut the shoulders off of the top.

Turned the facing and outer fabric inside out and sewed a slightly curved line for the front of the bodice, and a straight line across the back, making sure not to sew through the zipper.

I trimmed it about half an inch and sewed the facing to the seam edge.

Here’s what the bottom part of the zipper looked like before attaching the skirt.

Since I raised the skirt, the circumference of the bodice and the skirt were no longer the same.  I matched the seams and pleated the skirt where the princess seams met on front and back.  I also added bands of elastic on either side of the zipper in the back to help keep the dress from falling off.

I’m thinking about buying a tripod this weekend, so hopefully I’ll be able to throw in better “action” shots for you all!

A Crafty Soiree

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4 comments on “Raising the Hem With Princess Seams

  1. Esther
    August 18, 2011

    Oh, I love this remake! Very rock n roll 🙂 And you could spice it up with a red bolero or jacket. Woot!
    Esther!

  2. ClouDesign
    August 19, 2011

    I love refashions ! Great idea for old dress ! good job ; ))

  3. niftythriftygoodwill
    August 19, 2011

    a.dor.a.ble. very inspiring as i have some altering to do myself this weekend 🙂 thanks!

  4. Janey (Jane2 on craftster)
    September 11, 2011

    I have a dress or two that look like your before picture.
    I have no idea how you did that – but the after picture is almost what I want my dresses to look like.
    I got lost at “Since I raised the skirt, the circumference of the bodice and the skirt were no longer the same.”
    I cannot figure out how raising the hem by 21 inches would affect the circumference.

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