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Finished pattern and blouse is too short
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Date: 8/4/14 6:46 PM

Hi, I finished the majority of McCall's pattern M6702. I did the short sleeved view C. While in all of the information it doesn't appear to be a crop top, it's frighteningly short on me. Like unwearable. I'm wondering about ideas for lengthening it or how I could salvage it. Could I add some sort of border to the bottom? What would be the best way to do that?

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Date: 8/4/14 6:52 PM

How much hem do you have ? Do you have any fabric left ?

You could unpick the hem and attach another piece of fabric using a tiny seam allowance, then fold up to hem so you cannot see the join.

If the hem allowance still will not make it long enough and/or you don't have any fabric left, you could add a strip of plain/contrast colour at the bottom - colour blocking is very "in" at the moment.

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Date: 8/4/14 7:02 PM

Thanks. I haven't hemmed it yet. I tried it on with the unfinished hem and was like whoa! didn't know I was making a crop top. I don't have any fabric left and it was a fabric I bought almost a year ago, so I'm not sure I can track any down. Was thinking about a contrasting border. I've seen nice blouses with a chiffon border at the bottom. The fabric I used is a cotton though and I'm not sure how that would look. I combed the reviews here and someone else had to add a border too. I'm not great at premeasuring, but this is the second time this has happened to me recently, so I'm definitely doing that in the future!

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Date: 8/4/14 7:20 PM

You could do a thick gathered/smocked waist attached in contrasting fabric. The top could even "blouse " over the waist a bit.

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Date: 8/4/14 9:17 PM

Is the fabric a print or a solid? If it's a print you could add a solid around the bottom to lengthen it and replace the pocket with the solid so it's repeated somewhere else. You could do the same even if it's a solid.

I'd take the top to the fabric store and look for something that coordinates with it.

I've seen tops with the chiffon added at the bottom but it's usually only a narrower width, an inch or two wide and personally I think it would look rather odd with the high/low hem.

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Date: 8/4/14 9:50 PM

Maybe an addition of a pleated or gathered piece at the bottom, or add a peplum? I've had success with a fake hem but it was only about 1cm (5/8")

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Date: 8/5/14 0:05 AM

I second the idea of adding a peplum. Also, since this is the second time you've had this problem, you are probably long waisted and take that into account every time you buy fabric and cut a pattern from now on. Add a quarter yard at purchase, and add 3 inches length in the bodice pieces when you cut.
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Date: 8/5/14 2:21 AM

Anthropology has some examples of ways to add length to tops if you need to visualize.

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Date: 8/5/14 3:08 AM

All of the above suggestions, plus, maybe depending on your fabric a wide lace border might look nice. More labour intensive alternative can be to inset a strip of fabric above the existing hem, so the blouse fabric repeats at the hem and the contrast strip is above.

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Date: 8/5/14 1:25 PM

Wide crotcheted lace at the hem is very stylish right now.

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