Before addressing the hemline dilemma, I had to share the twirly dress being modeled. Clearly the dress was a HUGE hit! I could hardly get a picture without a significant twirl!
She was quite enthusiastic about the twirliness (is that even a word?) of the dress.
Now, on to the hemline dilemma…..
These sweet dresses were published in the Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine, Issue #95. When I got the raspberry dress out of the closet for little Ms. Livvy to wear, I discovered that there were spots on the back of the dress that I could not get out. They were too noticeable to ignore, so I whacked off the bottom 1/3 of the dress. Hmmm……what now? While I could have left it short and had it be worn as a top, that wasn’t what I wanted.
After a week or so of mulling over this situation, I took a dive into the massive fabric stash and found the same micro-check gingham in turquoise as well as lime green. Perfect! I added two bands of the complimentary fabric. Viewing the newly created dress, it appeared to look very “home-made-ish”. Not the look I was going for. I wanted something clean looking that would compliment the smocking and not distract from it. Though I’m not the most proficient at hand embroidery, I took a stab at doing a chain stitch over the seam lines. It’s not perfect, but it was just the look I was going for. Perfect enough for me!
This treatment would work equally well for adding length to a dress that still fits but it too short.
While I’m addressing hems, I thought that a few more options for hemline interest could be shown here.
A tuck with a contrast scalloped hem. The stitching line of the tuck was embellished with a running stitch.
Another tuck and contrast hem with rick rack detail. Clearly I have a thing about gingham! LOL!
A contrast band with either rick rack or ribbon over the seam is another option.
There are so many different options to choose from. Next time you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
I can’t end this post without showing the reluctant model. When asked to take a picture of her new dress from grandma, this was the first response. Oh the drama of it all!!! Hahahaha!!!! Then the semi-reluctant pose sitting on the steps. This is what makes sewing worthwhile! Seeing the little girls in the clothes I’ve sewn for them is reward enough!
Have fun with your hems!