This is my first attempt at writing a tutorial. If you have any tips or comments please let me know so I can improve. I would love to hear from you.
I've had this dress sitting in a pile of clothes that I either need to hem or change completely in order to wear them. Since this pile keeps growing and I am moving into my dorm room in a week, I figure I need to stop procrastinating. I got this dress a few months back when someone was cleaning out their closet.
1. To figure out where to should cut the dress, hold it up to your body at the right length you want the skirt to be. Cut the dress at the line where it hits your waist. You can also lay the dress on top of a skirt you already own to figure out where to cut it.
2. After cutting the dress and the lining, Used your overcasting foot to sew where you just cut to stop it from fraying and to secure the two layers together. This is the zig-zag looking stitch in the picture below. If you don't have an overcasting foot, a normal zig-zag stitch set at a short stitch lenght will work too.
4. For this skirt, we are using elastic thread to create shirring at the top of the skirt. Here is a great tutorial for shirring. It is the one that I used to learn how to do this.
5. Wrap the elastic thread loosely (very slightly stretch it) by hand onto your bobbin. You will be using this elastic thread as the bobbin and normal thread as the top thread.
6.5. If you have a Brother sewing machine, some of them do not like elastic thread. They will sew and not create any shirring at all. On the bobbin case, there is a green screw and I usually have to turn it 2 complete turns clockwise, in order to use elastic thread. Here is a great tutorial that can explain it a million times better than I can.
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