(Closed) can you add a bubble hem to a dress?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

im also interested in knowing if you can do this!

Post # 4
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes they can but you will need to have a very talented seamstress.   I love the dress the way it is.

Post # 5
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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 # 8
5 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!


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