Jul 13, 2011

DIY Revival

Alright guys you asked for it. Now you can start to revive your own stuff! 
How cool is that? (just tell me it's cool okay.)

 I wanted to teach you guys a quick reviving technique that you can do without a machine! One of the things that makes the biggest change in the clothing that I fix is changing the length of it. Here's how to change the length and create a  hem by hand (can I get a whoop whoop for no machine needed!).
(hemming pics via)
1. Cut your dress to the desired length and then iron your hem under anywhere from 1/2" to 1"
2. Thread your needle, pin the hem in place, tie a knot at the end of the thread and bring your needle through the hem fabric at a side seam.
3. With your needle grab a small piece of the back fabric.
4. Then grab a small piece of the hem (the portion that's pinned).
5. Continue this same stitching all the way around the skirt
6. Then when you finish stitching all the way around the skirt. Tie a knot at the end of your thread and cut the thread. Then turn your skirt over and check out your beautiful hand sewed hem!
Something as simple as changing the length of the dress can completely change an old thrift store dress to a chic little numba! Enjoy guys!

I'd love to see any pics of some revival hemming if you have any!


  1. This is great for someone like me, with no sewing machine, or sewing skills. I want to try it like, NOW! :)

  2. Squee! I'm so excited for DIY revival! My friend found 16 old "granny dresses" at the local thrift store here for a dollar each. That's just insanity right? I hope the next rivival is taking a dress in to make it smaller *hint hint* ;) Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  3. oh I loove this!!! I totally used this to make my skirt longer :D

  4. Ooh Rachael I want to see these dresses! Take pictures for me will you! You know I can't say no to you guys, I'll definitely show you how to take them in for the next tutorial!

  5. Yay! I'm even more excited now! If that's even possible. We are going to post our adventures on my blog: http://dramaticatticboutique.blogspot.com/ Watch out for that first picture. You might not be able to contain yourself. I'll be looking forward to new tutorials!

  6. I wish I had your sewing skills!

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  7. Thank u thank u! This makes me want to run out to a thrift store and buy a dress just so i can do this :)

  8. I am always buying skirts and dresses from charity shops which are too long (I am kind of a short-arse and I'm fussy about my hem lengths)! My "alterations" pile is forever expanding! You can see some of my projects under the "craftiness" section on my blog (should have a new one up next week!)

    I recently learnt how to do a blind hem on a sewing machine, and was very excited by this new-found skill...but I seem to get better results by hand :s Needs more practise I guess!

  9. Hi. I am curious how the red thread is not showing up on the front of the skirt. Please email your response at petiteandgorgeous@gmail.com

    Thank you in advance.