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Old 04-10-2012, 09:22
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Default HELP Prom Saturday need to shorten 100% polyester dress

Prom is Saturday

I don't really sew and I never touch silky slick fabrics because I am afraid to ruin them.

My daughter found a dress but even with heels its too long. (its a straight maxi dress style 2 layers)

I need to flip the hem under about an inch.

What is my best method?

Fabric tac

iron on fusion tape

sewing top layer to under layer

double stick tape (if i can find it)

Thanks for your help

Piper Alley
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:25
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Default Re: HELP Prom Saturday need to shorten 100% polyester dress

Not sure how it works but what about that as seen on tv hem? You can usually pick it up at Walmart or grocery stores.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:31
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Default Re: HELP Prom Saturday need to shorten 100% polyester dress

Dont' forget that polyester will melt with a hot iron so be careful if you use any iron on product. Most of them do not use steam. There are some that come in about 1/2 inch strips that should work and will save you the time of cutting. They usually come in packages so be sure you measure how much you will need before you go the store. They are ironed on between the dress and the edge of the hem. Don't let it stick out from the hem because the sticky will get all over your iron and ruin things. Freezer paper or foil will act as barriers to protect the iron and can be used like an pressing sheet. Good Luck! It works.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:50
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Default Re: HELP Prom Saturday need to shorten 100% polyester dress

I think for something special like a prom dress I would take it to a shop and get it hemmed (or grandma or someone else who has experience) You wouldn't want to mess up the dress right before the dance and then have nothing for her to wear.
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