It didn't occur to me until recently that maybe the reason dresses and skirts are always so short on me is because of my height. I always just thought that they were made to sit mid-thigh. At 5'9" I tower above the average female. Finding a modest dress is easier said than done.
I tried on this cute ship print dress at Forever 21 and refused to give it up even if it did come up dangerously high. Not this time. Nope, I decided to find my own solution.
Anyone else have this issue?
If so, read on and find out how to add some extra inches to your favorite dresses.
Fabric (I used about a half yard of navy blue silk)
*How much you will need depends on the style and size of your dress*
Measure the circumference of the hem of your dress. Be as accurate as possible. I measured twice to double check myself.
To determine how wide and long to cut your strip of fabric:
Circumference of dress bottom + 4 inches
i.e. I measured 41 inches around, so the length of fabric I cut was 45 inches
Inches you'd like to add x 2 + 3 inches
i.e. I wanted to add 5 inches to my dress, so the width of the fabric I cut was 13 inches.
Cut the fabric to the predetermined dimensions. Mine was 45 inches by 13 inches.
Fold fabric hotdog style and pin down
Sew with a 1/2" inseam
Iron the seam open and turn the tube right side out. Give it a final press to get rid of wrinkles. I ironed the seam to one side so that it wouldn't be visible.
Turn in one of the short ends of fabric in and press.
Should look like this:
Insert the raw end into the pressed end
Measure the circumference of your fabric. The measurement should be exactly the same as the circumference of the dress.
When you're positive you have your fabric to the perfect measurement, sew the ends together.
Pin around the hem of the dress, right sides together.
Sew all the way around. I sewed right along the existing stitch so that the inseam was about 1 inch.