I tried to ignore the fact that it had shrunk in length and wore it anyway but found myself tugging at the hemline all day to avoid a belly flash. It isn't impossibly short, but short enough to bug me.
Enter: Ruffled Hemline. The answer to my how-to-make-a-short-shirt longer dilemma.
Okay, this is what it looked like before:
And this is what it looks like now:
A simple, yet stylish solution to add length.
No more tugging on my shirt to keep it down.
No belly flashes. Whew!
Have a short shirt that needs a little length? Here's how:
First measure your shirt all the way around. *Write that number down and double it. That's how long you need your strip for the ruffle to be. If needed, you can cut shorter strips and sew them together, like I did.
Decide how much longer you want to make your shirt. That will be your **width.
Cut up an old t-shirt into strips, based on your *Length and **Width measurements. I made my strips 3-1/2 in. wide and 48" long for front and the same for the back.
Anywho, I cut a bunch of pieces for my ruffle, from a clearance rack white t-shirt (light weight)
FYI - for jersey, I use a ball point needle. Regular needles can make holes in your fabric.
After ironing the ruffle pieces I pinned/sewed them together to create one long strip.
(sorry, I had to improvise with this picture, the zig zag wasn't actually that wide, but you get the idea)
I ruffled the long strip on my machine.
Using the tightest tension
And longest stitch length
It creates the ruffle for you.
And sewed the ruffle on with zig zag stitch (gives jersey a little more movement), right over the gathered stitch.
Here's a close up.
But that's just me. :)
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