How to Hem a Floor-Length Dress

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How to Hem a Floor-Length Dress
While this dress is striking, it's hardly practical. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Floor-length dresses refer to frocks that have a long length that touches the floor or practically touches the floor. Some dresses are so long that the length even exceeds past the floor. The look of such gowns is ultra feminine, romantic and very flattering. The long dress covers problem areas and elongates the entire body. However, such a dress isn't always practical. A long skirt can drag on the floor, getting dirty; you can easily trip on it; and if you're wearing high heels, your heels can stab the fabric as it drags on the floor, tearing it. These are all reasons in support of a proper hem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dressmaker's dummy
  • Pins
  • Shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Needle

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  1. 1

    Place your long dress on a dressmaker's dummy. Fold the hem up an inch or more on the underside, pinning it in place. Place pins all around the bottom of the skirt so the hem is at its new length. Try on the dress to ensure the length is perfect.

  2. 2

    Turn the dress inside out and cut away all excess fabric. This step is only necessary if your new hem is going to make the dress significantly shorter.

  3. 3

    Place the dress back on the dressmaker's dummy and check all the pins. Ensure the pins are all in the proper place and that the hem is straight.

  4. 4

    Place the dress inside out on your sewing machine workspace. Lay the inside of the dress face in front of you and sew a basic running stitch through the hem. Push the dress away from you as you sew, bringing unsewn bits of the hem towards the moving needle. Slide the pins out as the stitches fall into place.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also sew a hem by hand.

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