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SondraG
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Date: 10/16/11 5:07 PM

Any tips on measuring a skirt length when there is no one to help out? Reviews of the devices that pouff chalk seem pretty disappointing.

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Date: 10/16/11 5:15 PM

I use my dress form, but it's still a PITA. I'm always on the lookout for a better technique! The big issue I have is marking a straight hem. I measure up from the ground with a marked ruler, but always seem to get a crooked line.

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Date: 10/16/11 5:21 PM

Forgot to mention... I don't own a dress form.

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Date: 10/16/11 6:10 PM

Saw a nifty idea for suspending a taut chalk line across an open doorway. If you double check everything after removing any excess hem allowance and pinning, this might be worth a try. Do it while wearing the shoes that you will wear with the finished garment (or, at least the same style).

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Date: 10/17/11 0:58 AM

I have been able to have my local tailor mark for just a few $.

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Date: 10/17/11 0:58 AM

I have been able to have my local tailor mark for just a few $.

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Date: 10/17/11 2:50 AM

Gertie has a really good technique which I can recommend as I have tried it myself. It works best if you have a dress form but I can imagine it could work on a hanger.

You just need a door frame. Hope this helps.

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Date: 10/17/11 3:09 PM

These are available. Directions for use.
-- Edited on 10/17/11 3:12 PM --

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Date: 10/17/11 3:58 PM

I've used the chalk line technique successfully -- love borrowing tools from DH for my sewing. One thought is to mark it slightly longer than you really want it (perhaps half an inch) so that you don't have to worry about removing chalk from dark fabrics.

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Date: 10/17/11 8:19 PM

Sondra - a duct tape dress form is invaluable and a fun project. Even though mine isn't perfect, she has my *ahem* back porch and that is crucial for hemming. I remember hemming by measuring only as a teen and wondered why the back was always too short. I haven't tried the chalk line on a door frame but it sounds great.

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