How to Shorten a Skirt

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Why would you want to shorten a skirt? Some skirts were meant to be shorter. Maybe the existing length isn't flattering. Or maybe you'd like to refresh an old skirt by giving it a new look.

Learn how to make your skirt a few inches shorter with these quick and easy instructions.

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    What You Will Need

    A hemmed skirt

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    Before starting this project make sure you have all of the supplies. You will need:

    • Seam ripper
    • Scissors
    • Chalk
    • Measuring tape
    • Sewing machine or needle and thread
    • Iron and ironing board

    Gather the above supplies and get ready to prepare your skirt.

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    Open the Seams

    Open up the current seam

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    Try on your existing skirt and determine how short you'd like it to be. Mark this point with chalk.

    Next, lay the skirt flat and use your seam ripper to cut the seam stitching along the bottom. You're now ready to press and sew your new hem.

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    Sew the Hem

    Sew the new hem

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    Fold the hem up so that the bottom of the skirt is in line with your chalk mark. Pin the hem all the way around, then iron the hem removing pins as you go.

    Sew the hem of your skirt all the way around. Be sure to use small stitching and a matching thread to prevent your work from showing.

    This shorter skirt can be a daring look. If it's cold out or you just want to show less skin, you might want to wear a pair of patterned tights. Or for the full DIY look, try pairing this skirt up with your own screen printed shirt.