Length for Prom Dress
Does anyone know what the “standard” distance from the floor is, for hemming a floor-length formal? My daughter has to wear hers down a runway, so I ant to help her avoid tripping, but don’t want to make it too short-looking. Thanks in advance.
I have made a number of wedding and prom gowns and also hemmed a lot of rtw. Have the wearer stand up barefooted, head up, look straight ahead, and you mark on the outside exactly where the skirtcf touches the floor and for about 10" on each side. Put her shoes on then begin to taper (if desired) to match train, etc., or of course just continue marking outside on floor. This becomes the finished hem line. The main thing is to have no fabric on the floor in front with shoes on. When she puts on her shoes, the tiny bit of sole will lift her just enough that she can't step on the dress, the dress will look floor length, and her pretty shoes will peek out from time to time. Also remember the cabinetmaker's rule, measure twice, cut once; have her try it on with the hem basted in before you cut it for good. God bless you. Galey
Thank you, Galey, for your clear and complete instructions--they are just what I need to get the job done in time for my daughter's event next Saturday! Many thanks.
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