Post # 1
first time poster, frequent reader! i have purchased a dress from a sample sale and loooooove it in many ways (esp the price–$400 instead of $2000). however, one thing i love that it doesn’t have is a bubble hem. i know people are divided on this hem style, but i totally dig it! there are about three inches to play with at the hemline of this dress, and i am wondering if anyone knows how realistic it would be to add a bubble hem. i wouldn’t even mind if it ended up being a bit asymmetrical, as in a bit of a lifted hem in the front, because then it would show off my rockin’ shoes even more (which i will throw in a pic of just because i love them so freakin much! and yes…those were a steal too-second-hand, very slightly worn, and only 150 instead of retail 850!). anyone have experience with this?
Post # 3
im also interested in knowing if you can do this!
Post # 4
Yes they can but you will need to have a very talented seamstress. I love the dress the way it is.
Post # 5
I did this years ago as a technique for shortening a rented costume in a theater class. I put a loose, simple stitch at the very bottom of the original hem and then gathered it slightly. The dress had an inner lining, so I just basted the outer layer to that. To make it a permanent change, it would have required a lot of deconstruction first.
The dress was shortened by about 5 inches, but I was being very liberal with the fabric and I’m sure it could be done to take off only 3. It also depends on the material you are working with, the dress I worked on was made of pretty heavy polyester satin, and that turned out very well, almost too fluffy on the bottom.
Post # 6
Here’s how mine looks on the hem. This is it laying on the ground (I know, the pic is kind of confusing, so I labeled it, haha) with the skirt flipped up so you can see the stitching along the hem. It’s basically sewn to a smaller piece on the inside (shorter and thinner) so that the outer fabric bunches up and bubbles. You’d need a good seamstress and it probably wouldn’t be cheap.
Post # 7
thanks for the help everyone! i will post if i decide to go for it!
Post # 8
hi! i was looking for that same answer, and i was wondering if you ended up doing the bubble with your dress. i’m having a the same thoughts, and wanted to see how it turned out!