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How to take up a school skirt.
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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:17 PM
A warning, depending on the fabric and how you wash it, you may end up with a 'line' running around the skirt when you let the fabric down again.
This happened to one of DD's tunics. When I let the hem down, the 'shortened' hem edge had faded where it was folded over, so she then had a faded line running around her skirt.
Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:21 PM
Are you close to a Dry cleaners? Before sewing I would tack it at the right length then get it pressed at a dry cleaners, then do the final stitching. They always get a much sharper pleat than i can do at home and dont charge much if it's just for a press and not a clean.
Actually a lot of dry cleaners do alterations as well. Funnily when I did a quick google for someone to do alterations in my area the dry cleaner didn't come up yet I know they do them.
Maybe this is a option for you OP.
Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:57 PM
Oh jeez. I hadn't event thought of the line problem coffee girl but it makes sense. It's dark blue tartan skirt. The school has Scottish heritage hence the need for thick tartan uniform. Think it could be updated to reflect our climate....!
STBG - thanks, I think I'll be ok, I really am quite ways out west.
I did ask around on FB local pages for an alterations person, but all were 'come to me' I gave up. There's a looksmart alterations shop and hours train ride but they charge an arm and leg so I rather not!
Hadn't thought of dry cleaners. I'll investigate them too, thanks!
Posted 14 January 2017 - 12:10 AM
There's that too. The skirt was $100 each. Luckily it's summer and winter uniform. I expect this skirt to last from K-2 at the least.
Wow - I gripe about the $40 dress we have to fork out for - that is akin to highway robbery - and for primary?
I was going to suggest local groups too... It could be a bonding moment with other mums at that school.
Posted 14 January 2017 - 06:47 PM
thanks everyone! It took all day, but with the wonderful advice of how to do the hemming stitch and ironing, I got the two skirts taken up.
my fingers are sore, and my bum hurts from sitting on the chair for so long, but least DD can actually move around without tripping over her skirt!
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