Beginner Help Shortening Flared Skirts Dresses
I’m new to sewing. Brand New! I just bought my 1st sewing machine a vintage Kenmore in a cabinet. My projects mostly consist of reconstructing vintage clothing to sell online and I’m currently working on shortening vtg skirts & dresses to mini’s (very popular right now). I always have lots & lots of trouble shortening skirts or dresses with a flare to them ( i.e. a-line styles, styles with gathered waists, styles w/ pleats at the waist, empire waists etc). It takes me forever to get it pinned and ironed straight and even when I think I have it I’m usually a little off in some spots. I normally try the dress/skirt on to decide how short I want it then I’ve tried hanging them on my dress form to pin it straight but can’t get it right, I normally end up just laying them flat on my table and measuring, pinning, ironing which takes a lot of trial and error before I seem to get it right. It literally takes me try after try after try to get the hem straight whenever the dress has a flare. Is there a secret? Does anyone have any tips or tricks? Maybe if I I knew how to construct flared skirts & dresses I would understand how to shorten them better!