Lengthening a Hem When There's no Hem Allowance Left
As fall moves in, many of our school children have dusted off those uniform skirts and headed back to class. After walking the halls for a few days, some girls are "kindly" reminded by a teacher that the skirt needs to be a bit longer. But how do you lengthen something that has already been let down as much as possible? That's easy, you put in a faced hem. Here's what it looks like.
I used 7/8" wide single fold bias tape here to extend the length of the skirt. That becomes the hem allowance, so the skirt can be lengthened the maximum amount. The facing will not show on the right side.
When you sew the facing onto the end of the skirt hem, it goes as close to the edge as possible. This means it is sewn about ¼" from the edge. Then it is turned up on the folded edge and stitched.
Here is a close up of the stitching and the new hem allowance.
Kids grow. It's hard to keep up with them. Give that uniform skirt one more new life by adding a hem facing.