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Backyard Dress (and a Super Easy Way to Make a Hem)

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was busy but lots of fun!

Today, I’m back with another red project.

I picked up this dress at the thrift store a few weeks ago for $2. I have been on the hunt for cute, breezy,cotton summer dresses. And while I know it is technically a house dress, it did not appear to have ever been worn at all, house or elsewhere.

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This is the label. If you are much of a thrift/vintage shopper, you know the labels can be just as fabulous as the pieces.

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This is what it looked like when I brought it home. Husband came in while I was snapping before photos in the mirror.

Husband: Is that a house dress?

Me: Yes, yes it is.

Husband: Hmm.

Me: It’s not in its final version. I’ve got plans for this dress.

Husband: Good.

Me: But would you go out with me if I wore this dress, after I fix it up?

Husband: Of course. I would totally go out in the backyard and sit in the swing with you if you wore that dress.

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All this dress really needed was a shorter hemline – about 6 inches shorter.

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I used chalk and a yard stick to mark fold lines for the new hem. I just put the yard stick where I want the new hem, then I trace on the other side of the stick. Then I move the stick down to the second chalk line and make a third line on the other side of the stick.

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This is a super easy way to make a hem for a dress or skirt – it makes a hem that’s the width of the yard stick, which is just over an inch. It also works well for curtain hems.

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Iron, pin, iron, and sew. The whole thing took about 5 minutes.

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I’ve already worn it twice.

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And not just in my swing in the backyard.

Hope you have a great day – thanks for reading! 

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6 thoughts on “Backyard Dress (and a Super Easy Way to Make a Hem)

  1. I have been sewing for 60 years and I have a collection of strips of cardboard of different widths from 1/2 inch to 3 inches that I use for measuring hems. You are right, that is an easy way to turn up a hem, but I didn’t come with that idea until very late in my sewing career. My guess is that the width of a yard stick will work for most projects.

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