Shortening a Ruffle Bottom Dress Without Altering the Hem

Christine Cha
by Christine Cha
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I made this 70's ruffle bottom dress a few months back. When I wore the dress with shorts heel it just touched the ground. Though when I went to wear it with flat sandals the length was far too long and I wanted to be able to wear it both ways. I believe typically bottom hem alterations are done to make a garment shorter, but with this one I did not want to decrease the length of the ruffle bottom, so I will show you how I altered the length a different way.

Here you can see the dress worn with a kitten heel and the ruffle bottom just grazed the ground. The height of my heels was about one and a half inches, so this told me I needed to raise the skirt of the dress by this much length.

To start, I pinned the dress about one and a half inches from where the skirt and the bodice meet and pinned all the way around the stitching line. The pins and thread used are from Stitch in Time:

Then I sewed a new stitch along the pin line.

Voila! The dress was shortened and ready to wear with a flat sandal and a heel.

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