How To Lengthen Clothes with Color Blocking

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Clothes with existing color stripes are a DIY-er's dream come true. It's like they come with a neon-lit invitation to get messed with. HA. I've wanted to do a couple posts on how to use color blocking to add length for a while now, and finally found the products I needed to pull it off. 
No girl (that I know) wants to look like Holly Hobby, but most girls (that I know) are always looking for creative ways to add some length to the short skirts that seem to be everywhere. It's not really about re-creating a piece as much as adding a personal touch to make it work for you.
Here's a few pointers on how to use two colors to add extra length that blends seamlessly with the existing skirt. Choosing fabric that matches the shade and texture of your skirt is the most difficult part of a project like this, but the rest is a cinch if you measure carefully to know exactly how wide your finished stripes need to be.

I always lay the piece out and cut my bands the same shape as the skirt rather than trying to make a pattern.

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  1. Great job! I love it! You are so talented!

  2. This intervention works so well! I find the hardest part is finding the right matching (or alternatively contrasting) fabric to make it seem like one piece. I should investigate more online fabric stores for greater selection perhaps. What's your fabric-finding secret?

  3. Love this!! :) Great tutorial too! :)

  4. Well done! I can't even tell you added anything. Lovely length.

  5. great idea and it looks really good!

  6. love this idea looks great

    come over and see what we shared at

  7. The skirt came out gorgeous - love the stripes!

    The Other Side of Gray

  8. looks awesome! you're such a great seamstress! I have some dresses I wanted to extend but they are all solid colored and finding the right shade (not even fabric) is tough!

  9. This looks wonderful, and the outfit you put together is gorgeous!

  10. With two daughters almost 6 feet tall it is difficult to find skirts that are long enough so they don't feel uncomfortable. I love how this doesn't look 'made over', but part of the original skirt! Nicely done.

  11. This looks great! I love the black and white paired with a bright color too =)

  12. I love this skrit and the colors! And I love how you added length to it!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  13. I love it!!! what a pretty skirt.
    Love, Miek

  14. Great idea! I always need ideas on how to lengthen clothing!

  15. I love this, what a great idea. How did you find a black to match the black in that skirt - I find black a really tricky colour to match. Found you via Annemarie's Haakblog link your stuff and glad that I did :o) xx

  16. Hi Kristina,
    You did such a cute job with this skirt. I really love what you did. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  17. I love this idea. I'm always lengthening my little girls' skirt, but hadn't thought about lengthening my own.

    We'd love for you to link up at our Finished Friday blog party.

  18. When u r in Asia n stand at 5"7, u r a huge giant. Its impossible finding dresses skirts pants that fall right. I always buy maxi dresses n chop it at knee length. Gonna try my hand at this. Thanks!!


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