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Tips & Techniques > Lengthening the back of a dress to account for uneven hems

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Posted on: 7/3/12 8:23 AM
Does anyone have any tips on how to add inches to the back of a dress so that the hem is even all the way around? I am plus size, and the back of the dress or skirt always ends up shorter/higher than the front. Hoping someone on here has some suggestions.

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SandyinMO said...
This should have been posted in one of the message boards, but I'm thinking that your problem is at the top of the skirt. Your skirt waistline probably doesn't rest parallel to the floor. Make the adjustment there. Don't worry that your skirt isn't the same length all around when it's on the hanger.
7/4/12 8:42 AM
marycds said...
I agree. This problem is usually because of a tilted waist. Put a circle of elastic (you can just pin it together) around your waist. Pull on the skirt and stand in front of a mirror. Fiddle with the skirt, tucking it under the elastic, until the hem is straight and the seams are perpendicular to the floor. Mark the waist at the elastic with chalk. With the skirt off straighten the chalk lines and trim. You may have to ease the skirt to the waistband or bodice. Don't be surprised if a big wedge comes out of the front waist area. M
7/5/12 3:37 PM
 
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