How to Add Length to a Skirt

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A couple of weeks ago there was a big event at work and we were asked to dress up in formal attire.  Now I am a huge girly girl so that meant SHOPPING!!!  So Saturday morning we got up and went to the mall for some retail therapy.  I found a cute dress at JCPennys  for only $15 and I absolutely fell in love.  It fit me perfectly and hugged the right curves and hid the bad ones. 
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The only problem was that it was just a little too short.
Oh, how I hate my ugly knees
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Well, I am a crafty kinda girl so I figured I could solve the problem.  At first I was just going to try to find a black fabric that was similar to the dress and create a ruffle on the bottom.  But I found this in the trim section at JoAnn’s Fabric and it was perfect!  The ruffled trim was about 3 inches wide and the edge was already finished.  Less work for me!  (I also found white trim and made a mental not to remember that for next time.)
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I did these alterations sitting in my son’s hospital room at Primary Children’s so I apologize that the pictures don’t have the best lighting.  Yup, that same morning I went shopping was the same morning my son crashed on his skate board and landed himself in the hospital for 4 days.  You can read more about that here if you would like.
Before I stitched the trim onto the hem of the dress I Pinned it in place because I wanted to make sure it would look alright and match.
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Then tried it on and modeled it for my hubby.  It was perfect!
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I didn’t want the stitching to show on outside of the dress so I opted for hand stitching and took extra care to only stitch on the inside layer of the hem and not go all the way through.
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I told a couple of people about my alteration and they all said they never would have guess and it looked like it should have been bought that way!  That is exactly what I was going for.
I wish had taken a better picture, but it was dark at the event and all I had had was my iPhone camera so all of the pictures were a little fuzzy.
But I did get this great picture of my team and you can see my dress.  I have to say that my absolutely most favorite part of my outfit was my hot pink heels.  I love them!
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  1. says

    What a great idea! I pretty frequently find dresses that are just a bit too short, so this is a good way to make them wearable!

  2. says

    This is adorable.. what a great way to dress up and lengthen your skirt! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  3. says

    This looks fabulous!
    I will be using this trick, as the styles are short, and my duaghters and I are TALL…

    Have a great day, and thanks for posting!

  4. says

    Adorable! You made that look so easy! I will definitely have to follow you to get more tips for later. I really want to get into sewing more. I’m so ambitious about it but everything else seems to be taking up my time. Thank you for linking up with the Mommy Monday Hop. I’m following you now on everything!! <3

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