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Posted on: 4/23/10 2:30 PM
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If you like or need your tops longer than standard rtw, a quick alteration can transform them. Taking advantage of the layered look which has been current, you can often simply add a band of toning or contrast fabric, or a jersey strip. The key to making it look as if there's another garment there underneath is to pin your strip inside just above the line where the hem is stitched, so that you can attach the band stitching on the top's hemline, leaving a little shelf (the hem depth) of the top overlapping the band. This works very well with T shirts and similar tops. For one tall family member, I often get a second cheap Tee in a toning colour, so as to be able to use the fabric to lengthen a nicer one. If your stitching isn't perfect over the original hemstitch, changing the stitch to a decorative one can fix this. It also works well for loose overblouses.

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Melinda In Tulsa said...
Great idea
4/24/10 2:31 PM
arianamaniacs said...
good idea!
4/24/10 11:03 AM
OP Gal said...
Very clever. I'd never thought of this. I like my tops to be tunic length--it's more flattering to my figure, but they're hard to find. I'll definitely use this tip. Thanks.
4/24/10 9:04 AM
 
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