Post by croptilyadrop on Oct 12, 2019 17:08:45 GMT
I ordered this dress from an online boutique & I love it! BUT it is at least 6 inches too long. Any suggestions on how I can fix it or wear it so I'm not tripping all over it? It is a cotton t-shirt material.
I have seen some people put a knot in it at the bottom to take up the slack. I like that look ok, but I feel like it really dresses down the dress. If I want to wear it for a dressier occasion, what should I do?
I can *try* to hem it up, but don't really trust my seamstress skills! I tried wearing heels with it & it's still too long. Any other ideas?
Love the dress. I bought a similar black one twenty-odd years ago and it’s still going strong and I still feel great in it. A fashion classic and well worth getting just right with a professional alteration.
Post by dottyscrapper on Oct 12, 2019 18:18:20 GMT
Take it to a seamstress and have it shortened. It really isn't a good idea to attempt to do it yourself unless you have a coverlock machine as knit fabric tend to stretch and the hem line will become wavy if you do it on an ordinary machine. You have to be extra careful even if you have an overlocker even. Take your shoes with you so they can pin it to the right length for you or you can do that yourself before you go.
If you don’t know a seamstress, talk to a dry cleaner. I’ve had repairs done and items shortened and it isn’t expensive. Well worth the reasonable cost to get the dress perfect as it’s likely one you would wear a lot.
Just take it to a tailor. Around here that would cost $10.
Wow! Note to self: take all hemming to Texas. Around here, a minimum of $25 per hem.
I bought an evening gown to wear to my daughter's debutante ball several years ago. Even though I have a sewing machine and overlocker, I decided to get it taken up professionally, because the dress cost me $340 and I didn't want to stuff it up. From memory it cost me $50 to have it taken up, which I thought was way over-priced - it would have been cheaper at the local dry cleaner, but I didn't have enough time.
ETA: the OP's dress won't be anywhere near that expensive, because it's only one layer. Mine was a satin slip and sheer dress, so twice as much work.
I am another who says take it to a professional that works with knits. If you don't sew on them regularly they are more difficult to work with. Pricing is usually based on fabric (sheers, silks, satins are most difficult, knit slightly more difficult then easiest is woven) How fast you need it done will also impact price. So don't wait until you need it next week.