Saturday, 11 September 2010

Shortening a maxi dress on a yoga mat

This summer's maxi dress trend is my idea of heaven. Being a sewing beginner I naively thought shortening it would be a simple matter of spreading it out and cutting in a line.

After trying to do this at 3AM just one hour before leaving for the airport, a series of on and off and cut proved pretty successful. It looked pretty straight when I had it on, so I figured any inconsistencies could be remedied with a simple hem that I could easily do on holiday.

Surprise surprise I never really found the time, especially as slight bikini alterations were necessary. So after getting home, on a lazy day, I thought of doing that hem while watching tv.

And that's when it became clear that the edge had frayed about 1/2 an inch and it was nowhere near straight. I tried putting it on a hanger but it being so very maxi meant it just gathered at the bottom.

Laying it out on the floor resulted in a big slippery mess even with pinning it to the self heal cutting mat.

And that is when I had the epiphany of using my yoga mat instead. It's much bigger and pins go in easily. Mine is quite thick, but I've seen thin ones in the pound shop. I think I shall get some to block my knit and crochet projects.

Now all I need is help with the crepe like thin skirt fabric...

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