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Hemline Headaches: What to Do When Your Clothing is Too Long or Too Short

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If you’ve ever donned a dress or slipped into a skirt only to discover the garment is far too short to wear, don’t lose your mind. Hemline headaches are not insurmountable problems if you know a few tips and tricks from fashion experts.

Dress too short? Try this trick

Practically everyone has at least one too-short dress in their closet. Maybe you bought a skirt online from a site with wacky sizing, or perhaps you were in a hurry at your local brick-and-mortar boutique and neglected to try on a dress before purchasing. It happens to all of us at one time or another. Good thing there are lots of ways to make a shorter-than-short dress comfortably wearable.

If you’ve got shapely legs, slip them into a pair of opaque tights and your too-short garment will feel a lot less revealing. In warmer weather, footless leggings can accomplish the same trick. In wintertime, don woolen tights and a pair of over-the-knee boots to create a cozy fashion statement with almost any more-than-mini dress, advises fashion guru Suzanne Carillo. Another savvy idea involves donning pretty extenders from a reputable online fashion outlet such as Lacistreet.

Repurpose a too mini skirt or dress

A too-short dress can be cut even shorter, turned into a tunic, and worn over a pair of skinny jeans. Alternately, you can add a few inches to the hem with coordinating fabric, fringe, or any other ornamental material you desire. By adding three or four inches of attractive fabric to the hem, you add delicate detail that offers modesty and interest. Be your own fashion maven and show your unique sense of style when you decorate your too-short dresses and skirts anyway you prefer.

Here’s what to do with a too-long garment

People come in far more many sizes than do clothes. For this reason, a pair of jeans that fit at the waist may be too long in the inseam. A skirt that’s just right for a tall woman could be ridiculously long on a short girl. Hemming a garment is a relatively simple task if you know how to do it and have the right tools.

First, determine your hem width. For pants hems, around 1 ¼” – 1 ½” is right. For a dress or skirt, opt for a hem that’s approximately 1 ½” – 2″ wide. Measure twice before marking with chalk and cutting off the excess fabric. Turn the edge by folding the raw edge under by a quarter inch, and press in place ensuring the doubled fabric is not too bulky. Use a sharp needle and matching thread to stitch the folded edge no more than 1/8″ from the fold, explains Craftsy blog.

When it comes to what you wear, comfort and ease are foremost. Don’t toss a dress you love merely because the hem is all wrong. Dress it up, or dress it down. The choice is up to you.

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