Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tall Girl Woes - Lengthening a Too-Short Shirt

I'm tall. 6 feet, 1/4 inch, and fine with my height. Until I try shop at a non-specialty shop. Most tops are just too short for me (besides my favourite online-only-tall Old Navy tees). So last week I was going through some shirts, and came up with this simple solution to extending (haha-pun!) the use of some tops! Thought I'd share a semi-tutorial for other girls out there, or those who just like their shirts longer.

First, find two too-short tshirts that coordinate. Preferably they should be a similar width at the bottom. (My gray one was wider so I actually took the sides in a bit.)

Once you've decided which will be the bottom layer of your fooler shirt, evenly cut a 2.5" - 3.5" strip from the bottom of the tshirt. I used my rotary cutter and mat to make it really easy. You'll be using the existing hem.

On your upper shirt, remove the hem stitching. (sorry, no photo) If the hem is coverstitched, this tutorial from might come in handy. Then pin the top edge of the under layer, raw edges together, to the other layer.

 Stitch or serge together.

Flip the under layer down and refold the hem of the tshirt, with the seam facing up, and pin through both layers.

Topstitch - I used a 4.0mm double needle to topstitch for a professional-looking result.

VoilĂ ! Your lengthened hem is finished!

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