I just bought this simple knit gray shirtdress from Forever 21. But of course, it's a little too long for me, so I am going to hem this sucker. Here is a step-by-step process of how I hemmed this dress. I hope you find this helpful!
1. Determine how much much shorter you'd like your garment to be. Put on your dress and eyeball it. I decided that 2.5 inches shorter would be just right.
2. Turn your dress inside-out. You should be working on it while it's inside-out from now on.
3. Lightly mark 0.5 inches less than what you determined in step 1 with a crayon or marker all around. You can also use pins or tape to mark. This is how much you will cut off.
I marked 2 inches from the edge since I wanted my dress to be 2.5 inches shorter. Why? That half inch will be folded back to make the hem later.
4. Cut off the unwanted fabric along the line where you marked.
5. Optional, but recommended: I suggest zigzag stitching the raw edge if you have a sewing machine. This will keep the edges from fraying. But that shouldn't be too much of a problem since you won't be seeing it anyways, and it'll be secured after you sew the fold.
It should look like this after you've secured the raw edge:
6. Fold over that 0.5 inch towards the inside. Secure with pins.
7. Iron the fold flat.
8. Use the markings on the sewing machine to help guide you as you sew. I used the 16 - 5/8 marking. This is where I will align the edge of the fold. The edge to where the needle will be 5/8 inch, basically a half inch.
9. Using similar colored thread, sew with a basic straight stitch to secure the hem in place, either by hand or machine. I used a machine because...convenience, yo. You can also sew by hand. Take it slow and remove the pins as you go. Start sewing next to the raw edge, taking pins out as you go. Sewing a straight line is a skill that took me few practice runs to master.
The hem should look like this:
Now you have a nicely hemmed dress that ready to wear!
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