How to Hem a Skirt

Hemlines change with the seasons, so keep your clothes current by raising or lowering your skirt length.

You will need

  • A skirt
  • Scissors or a seam ripper
  • A friend
  • Pins
  • An ironing board
  • Measuring tape
  • An iron
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric tape (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)

Step 1 Let hem out Let the existing hem out of your skirt with scissors or a seam ripper.

Step 2 Determine new hemline Try on your skirt and have a friend pin it at the new hemline.

Step 3 Fold skirt to new hemline Take the skirt off, turn it inside out, and, on your ironing board, fold it up to the pin or new hemline.

Step 4 Iron in new hemline Measure from the pin to the edge of the skirt. Use that same measurement to adjust the fold all the way around. Iron to create a crease.

Step 5 Pin new hemline Fold the hem allowance so the raw edge is tucked in. For a more finished look, iron again, and pin in place.

Step 6 Sew new hemline Pick a matching thread color and start sewing at the seam. Use a loop stitch that doesn’t go all the way through to the skirt face for a blind hem.

Step 7 Try skirt on Try your skirt on to make sure the new hem is hitting your leg right where you want it.