Post # 1
I bought a dress from Monsoon to wear to my friend’s wedding this summer, reduced from £170 to £17!! The only thing was that I didn’t like the hem because it had this weird plastic strapping stuff in it which made the hem stick out at funny angles:
So, I decided to cut off the bottom half-inch and re-hem it. Thing is, I had to do it all by hand because it’s very fine silk which I was scared to put through the machine so the stitching isn’t completely even or straight, and even after I very carefully ironed the dress, the hem now comes above the lining, so I’m going to have to take the lining up too. As it’s double-lined with a layer of tulle in between, I’m considering just removing the outer lining as the inner one is short enough. Basically, have I totally ruined the dress?
Post # 3
No, you haven’t ruined it!
I would be careful about doing any more of the work yourself, though. Can you find a good tailor anywhere who could hem it for you? I know we can often do these things ourselves, but sometimes the fabric is just too fine for anyone but professionals.
Post # 4
@ProfessorGirl: I know! I never even considered I couldn’t do it, because I’ve always been able to sew pretty well (I made my winter coat, for example) but the blinking fabric was just so slippery! I think I might see if I can find a seamstress…
Post # 5
I actually think it looks fine on the hanger: it looks like the lining and the hem are now at the same level.
If you don’t feel like you can do it yourself, then take it to a seamstress; but honestly no one is going to look too closely at your hemline.
Post # 6
I can’t tell on the hanger. That being said, a tailor probably can make the lining a little shorter if you feel more comfortable with it being hemmed up a bit.
Post # 7
My tailor would have only charged about $15-20 to hem it professionally. You can still take it to a pro, and they can take it up another 1/4 or 1/2 inch just to get the hem to be even.