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Tutorial: How to lengthen a hem with lace

I’m not sure if you remember, but last year I posted about one of the first Tania culottes samples I made and how they were way way way too short. The only way I got away with wearing that sample was in winter with tights. That’s just sad. They needed to be fixed and I had a plan of how to lengthen a hem with lace. Which I took a year to implement hehehehe.

My usual preferences for lengthening a too short skirt or dress are to let the hem out or add a band of the same fabric or similar. Letting the hem out doesn’t work when your hem is only 1/4″ wide, and adding a band doesn’t work when there is a curve this steep, and a pattern to match, so I had to come up with a new plan. LACE!

I really love this solution because it adds a cool detail to the culottes, without them looking like they were repaired. You know what I mean right?! Obviously, they are still short, but those extra 2 inches mean that now they are wearable, and that’s a game changer.

This method is great not only for the Tania culottes, but it’s also perfect for gaining a few extra inches on any too short skirt or dress!

photography by Sabatomic

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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9 years ago

Pretty! As soon as the weather is nice here again, I plan on making myself some Tania culottes. I’ll keep the lace hem in mind.

9 years ago

Ooooh, I want to try this on a future pair. I love my Tania culottes! :)