Adventures in Alterations: Bottom Detailed Skirt

While hemming a skirt seems pretty straight forward, sometimes there are fun details that are threatened by taking off a few inches. As a follow-up to my post about the Rag & Bone pencil skirt that was a bit too long, here are the results of hemming to fit me at the knee.

Before: Rag & Bone skirt, Abercrombie & Fitch sweater, Cole Haan shoes
After: Rag & Bone skirt, Diane von Furstenburg top, Cole Haan shoes

A basic skirt slit can be easily raised by a tailor as inches come off the hem, but in this case, things are a bit more complicated. This skirt has a gathering of fabric that is attached in such a way that it cannot be moved up, so the slit length will be shortened along with the hem.

An inside look at the gathering detail

This alteration worked because the slit in the skirt was quite long to begin with. After the skirt was taken up, there is still about 4.25 inches of slit left to keep the alteration from looking awkward.

If you come across a similar alteration, my suggestion would be to measure the amount of fabric that will need to be hemmed, and subtract that from the slit length. I know, a no-brainer, right? But it may mean you need to invest in a fabric measuring tape, and toss it in your handbag when you go shopping.

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3 Comments

  • Reply February 24, 2009

    Anonymous

    too short!

  • Reply February 25, 2009

    Alterations Needed

    Awww…I like it that length. Oh well, one person’s “frumpy” is another person’s “just right” is another person’s “scandalous”…

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    Rue Vogiatz

    Shorter is better and a good tailor would be able to lift split detail higher, not compromising on style-however shorter split seems ok.

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