How to Shorten a Skirt

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How to Shorten a Skirt

Geneva Vanderzeil BY 2.0

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

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Refresh your skirt by hemming it.

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

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Sew around and you're done.

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

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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. It's a good idea to tone it down with some patterned tights. Or for the full DIY look, try pairing this skirt up with your own screen printed shirt.