Updated on by Sarina
Do you have that one top which you would gladly wear if it was just a little bit longer? Let this no longer be a problem. This post is about adding extra length to tops which are shorter than you want them to be.
Idea 1 – To lengthen a top
An easy way to add length to short tops is to add a wide trim or a frill to the hem.
Idea 2 – To make a short top longer
Another sewing hack to add length is to cut off the bottom part of old shirts and add them to the hem of the top as in the picture below.
Idea 3 – To add length to a top
Another method is to make an top extender; then you can add length to all and any short tops you have easily. Just use this extender under all the too-short tops you have.
The idea is to make a small skirt like addition which can be sewn easily and slipped-on under the tops – the final result is an illusion that your top is long
First cut off the bottom portion of an old loose t-shirt or an old top – it is better in a neutral color so that it will match with all the short tops that you have. The length of this portion should be the length you want from your waist plus 1 1/2 inch for turning allowance. I took the length as 11 inches.
Cut enough 1/4 inch wide elastic to go over your waist plus 1 inch seam allowance
Make a casing along the top edge of your t-shirt cut off. Thread elastic through the casing with a bodkin. Secure with stitches
This is your extender.
You will be wearing the extender first as you would a slip.
If you wear it low, it can look like a peplum underneath your top. I prefer just a small peek, enough to add the required length.
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