How To Lengthen Clothes With Color-Blocking #1 by Kristina

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sometimes, the easiest (and funnest) way to lengthen a dress is to choose a contrasting color. Store-bought clothes incorporate color-block bands at the hem all the time, so don't be afraid to try it yourself and wear it with confidence. This works really well, especially if you've already seen a version you want to imitate. The idea for this project came from a Ralph Lauren dress using the combination of navy and green and works like a dream if you're only needing about three to six inches of extra length. 


Determine how much width you need before cutting. I used a five inch wide band to allow for hem allowance. 


Always take the original hem out of the dress before adding a band. You want the bottom of your dress to flow rather than hang stiffly from all that bulk.

15 comments :

  1. 3" poly taffeta ribbon (from the craft store) makes a very quick longer skirt- did black on a black floral skirt and it looks almost professional....

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  2. it looks nice, at least you know your dress is one of a kind at this point! I love it, i think it would look good even with a blue piece. I think green is a perfect color though.

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  3. The great thing about this is you can make this dress all your own. It allows you to keep that modest look while incorporating your creative flare. Brilliant!

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  4. Love the idea!!! :) Gonna try it!



    xoxoxo

    Ritcha

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  5. Wow! The dress looks twice as good now! Green looks amazing with the stripes. I have a floral printed playsuit. I wanna lengthen it too. Please help me with some ideas.
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  6. So cute! I saw this dress at Target, but thought it might be too short. Love this idea and I think it looks even better with the green!

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  7. Oh wow, what a great idea! I'll definitely have to try this out. :D

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  8. this is really cool, I'm planning on doing the same thing with one of my dresses
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  9. This is so cool! I'm not really a seamstress but I'm sure if I bought the fabric I could take it to a tailor to do the work for me :)


    Sarah's Real Life

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  10. that looks super cute!

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  11. Great idea :)

    xo Jennifer

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  12. I love this idea. Great for making dresses work appropriate.




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