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I searched online for high low or hi-lo hems online, but I had no success in finding any how to’s. I wanted to make a dress with a high low hem but don’t know how to create the short front with ruffles that gradually gets longer to the back. Similarly, like this sold out asos dress:


If someone could blog or make a tutorial of how to make this particular dress, it would be much appreciated and helpful for all the other sewing hobbyists who wish to make a high low hem too.



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    Mar 21, 2011, 01.25 PMby katexxxxxx

    I can’t access that picture as they appear to have removed it from the site.

    I made this wedding dress with a shorter front. Is this the sort of thing you mean? http://assets.burdastyle.com/project_images/assets/000/143/619/DSCF0072_large.jpg?1285606285

    If so, then the making of this gown is on Live Journal in the Dress Diaries community. I can look up all the different entries if you like…

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      Mar 24, 2011, 02.15 AMby chicchica

      Thank you for your help, but that dress is not quite what I am talking about. I’m looking for a more dramatic cut, somewhat like a mini dress front that flares outward and has a long floor length back. I like your red off the shoulder dress though, it looks gorgeous and well made =]

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    Mar 21, 2011, 04.22 PMby halokitty087

    I am also working on a “hi-low” dress—more like chic chica’s than kate’s, but with ruching in the front instead of layering. I would be interested on tips for the slanted hemline also if anyone has some. I had some ideas, but they’re all just theories and I have no idea if they will actually work in practice.

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      Mar 24, 2011, 02.28 AMby chicchica

      That sounds like a cool dress with your ruching idea =]

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    Mar 21, 2011, 08.31 PMby sewingfan1

    Hi there, November 2010 Burda magazine had a similar pattern to the link you’ve put. Dress 116

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      Mar 24, 2011, 02.21 AMby chicchica

      thanks, I will try to get my hands on a copy.

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    Mar 23, 2011, 01.13 AMby josephina

    Chicchica, that skirt looks like it is made from multiple pieces of fabric, layered over each other. There are 2 pieces cut asymetrically to taper up at the front, where they are layered, then I think there is a third shorter layer over the top? (sorry if I’m just stating the obvious here)

    Do you have a dress form? I would make the bodice from a sloper or pattern, then try constructing the skirt by draping.

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      Mar 24, 2011, 02.26 AMby chicchica

      Thanks for your input! I appreciate your help, and I was thinking of playing around with draping the bottom skirt as you advised. I guess my main issue is how to make that main long length because I don’t know whether to make a slanted hemline or a curvy one…

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    Mar 23, 2011, 08.09 PMby leashbean

    hey chica! Of course you would have to work with each layer seperatly but making a dress that tapers from short to long is do-able! I am just in the process of making a shorter dress that slants from front to back.

    1) normally on a skirt pattern the length at Centre Front (or back) and the side seam are the same which makes the hem length equal all the way around. if you change the side seam to be longer then the CF and gradually curve towards that measurement you should get a nice slope. if you want a less dramatic look you can even just draw a STRAIGHT line at the hem (it will make the sides slightly longer)

    2)now for the back. you should make sure the side seam from the Front skirt and the side seam from teh Back skirt are the same. if you place your two side seams together you will see the natural slope from the shortest point (CF) to the side seam of the front and you can follow that natural curve to the CB point (where you would want it to be the longest) again do this with a natural looking curve.

    3) depending on the fullness of the skirt the slope will look different. but play around with that and see if it makes sense at all. once you get one layer the others should be easier and you can play around with different lengths etc.

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      Mar 24, 2011, 02.32 AMby chicchica

      Thank you! This was very insightful and well explicated. I truly appreciate all the time you put into answering. I’m going to try it out and see how it goes. I bet your dress will come out lovely and can’t wait to see a finished product (hopefully).

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    Mar 24, 2011, 01.32 PMby leashbean

    i am not an expert by any means, but if you need more advice feel free to message me! sometimes it just feels good to talk it out so you don’t feel so crazy!

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    Apr 9, 2011, 03.43 AMby chicchica

    This is the type of dress I wanted to make that another Burda member created:http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/flowy-strapless-dress?image=175542

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    Apr 13, 2011, 05.11 PMby leashbean

    this is how she says she made that skirt:

    I didn’t have a pattern for the skirt, I just cut out the material of the length from waist to floor high and three times the width of my waist, then just cut out a concave arc for the front piece and added a convex arc shape for the back. Folded the fabric into pleats before attaching to the bodice, then layered a shorter piece inside the front for a kind of tiered effect.

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    Nov 3, 2011, 05.05 AMby caraeh

    Just wondering if you ever found a solution to this? I am also trying to make a hi-lo hemmed dress- if you tried the method as above, did it work?

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