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Date: 7/23/12 1:54 AM

I have a beautiful yellow skirt but i don't want to cut it but its 2-3 inches too short.

any ideas?

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Date: 7/23/12 7:05 AM

Too short or too long? If it's too short, add some lace, or a coordinating print, adding it behind the hem so it looks like another layer.

If it's too long, you could unroll the hem and re-do it, but cutting some fabric off would make it look better.

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Date: 7/23/12 9:17 AM

What kind of skirt? It is too short now? You could add a band around the bottom. If it is a fuller skirt you could maybe even add a gathered piece making a ruffle in a contrasting color or in a similar color-darker shade. If it is a bias cut skirt it might be trickier to get a band on it-it could be done. It would not be hard to draft a piece-you would follow the lines of the skirt pattern.

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Date: 7/23/12 1:56 PM

sorry, apparently i'm a bit dislexic lol. I meant 2-3 inches too long. its has really nice embroidery close to the bottom thats why I don't want to cut it.

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Date: 7/23/12 2:14 PM

You can take "decorative" tucks above the embroidery. I did this to shorten a skirt with an eyelet bottom a couple years ago. You can see the tucks between the two eyelet motifs.

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Date: 7/23/12 2:18 PM

If it's a pull-on, you can shorten it at the waist by re-cutting and then re-inserting the elastic, or try this for elastic or zippered:

Take the extra out by making a tuck above the embroidery. Try it by pinching a 2-3" fold in the front with your fingers, lap down to the embroidery line, pin and see if it's right, then make the fold evenly all the way around. Have the fold lapped down just above the embroidery, then topstitch it maybe several times with a contrast thread, so it looks like it was designed that way.
(Tucks are an idea from shortening/lengthening kids clothes.)

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Date: 7/23/12 3:32 PM

could elastic work? sewing some elastic on the wrong side in matching thread like a tier?

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Date: 7/23/12 6:15 PM

No, if you wanted to do that, you should cut it well above the embroidery, gather the embroidered piece at the top (so it becomes the tier/ruffle), shorten the remaining skirt, and re-attached the piece you cut off.

But I personally would go with the pintucks like the black eyelet skirt.

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Date: 7/24/12 3:22 PM

okay thanx. I still haven't decided what to do yet. but I will soon. wanna take my time with it.

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