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
- An ironing board
- Measuring tape
- An iron
- 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.
Use fabric tape instead of pins to tack up the hem. This tape holds the material in place while you sew but dissolves in the first wash.
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.
Don’t pull the thread too tightly or your hem will pucker.
Step 7 Try skirt on Try your skirt on to make sure the new hem is hitting your leg right where you want it.
Did You Know:
Your hemline may be determined by the economy. Historical trends show hemlines head south in bad times and come up in good ones.