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cristina mary
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Date: 8/16/14 5:16 PM

Hello fellow petite ladies!

I just bought an adorable pencil skirt from Target for $24.99 - great price, but it is too long! It is lined and has a vent. I need to take about 3 inches off of it which would leave only an inch left of the vent, so it would need to be extended.

Anyone have any website, links, or suggestions on how to hem a skirt with a vent? I am a beginner/intermediate sewer - can follow a pattern really well - but slightly complicated tailoring techniques like this have me flustered.

Any help would be so welcome!

Cristina

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Date: 8/17/14 8:55 AM

Is it possible to shorten it from the waist?

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Date: 8/17/14 9:08 AM

My concern with shortening it from the waist would be that the vent would be raised 3" which could end up with too much "exposure".

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Date: 8/17/14 10:49 AM

Would it be comfortable without the vent? Just sew it up all together?

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Date: 8/17/14 1:51 PM

Shorten from the waste - interesting!!! Never thought of that. I'm not sure how to do that when there is a waste band and a zipper (probably can't be done under those circumstances, huh?).

Extending the vent will be fine because the skirt is way too long for me now - past my knees.

I'm just wondering if I can let out the vent a little and finish it in a nice way. I'd like to keep the vent because otherwise I think it will be uncomfortable for moving. We're not talking too short here - maybe just above the knees.

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Date: 8/17/14 4:59 PM

This link to West Valley College is excellent for sewing a skirt with a vent a lining. Itís like youíre in class getting a full demo on how to put the skirt together. Excellent IMHO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF8WfPoqMZ8

Also: I donít think I would attempt to alter from the waist as youíd be changing the fit of the garment in that area. I would cut off the length to your desire, elongate the back seam and follow the guidance from the video. I donít think you will go wrong. Again, an excellent demo and thorough.

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Date: 8/17/14 6:31 PM

Hello all! So, interesting follow-up to add to the conversation. I called my mother, wise woman that she is, to ask her opinion. She said "Well you probably don't want to extend the vent because there might not be any fabric to make the facing once you rip out the seam." And she was right! The folded over fabric used for the back of the vent STOPS at the seam, so if you were to try to make it longer, you'd run into there being no fabric to face it - does that make sense?

So....just going to hem it and have a 3 inch vent and see if it works. If it's too short of a vent, not sure what I'll do - maybe I can add fabric somehow?

Cristina

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Date: 8/17/14 7:45 PM

Whether you leave the skirt as is or shorten at the hem, the vent will end in the same place, right? If you're having trouble taking steps now, you will also with the skirt shorter. I might opt for shortening it at the waist, but, boy, that's a lot of work. You'd need to remove the waistband and zipper. After cutting off from the top, you would need to fit it and adjust any darts. Then you would do the same for the lining. Ugh.

Before you go through all the work pin up the hem to determine the outcome. Good luck. :)

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Date: 8/17/14 11:21 PM

If I was doing this, I would aim to preserve the waist area as well as the vent, which means shortening somewhere in the middle. It'd mean an additional horizontal seam. Depending on the fabric and/or the print, the seam might not be noticeable. If the fabric is such that a seam will be obvious, it'd be tougher because I'd have to make it as unobtrusive as possible.

I'd be reluctant to make such a horizontal seam into a design element or to embellish it, because I kinda think highlighting a horizontal seam that's at about mid-thigh level does not make for a flattering result.

If the skirt is straight up and down, hacking off a chunk in the middle is straightforward. If it's tapered one way or another, it'd be slightly more involved but not much tougher.

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Date: 8/17/14 11:31 PM

You will have plenty of fabric left over from chopping off the bottom. How about fold back both edges of your kick pleat, and insert a "box pleat" behind it with the remnants. Might be cute.



I'm kinda with BirdyBooo though.... technically I don't think you need the back vent with it being the shorter length now- you should be able to walk in it just in, but if not, then slit vent... or the pleated vent will do.

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