- Once you’ve finished pinning the bottom piece of the dress to your shirt, stop 2 inches from the bottom of the shirt (you did remember to add an additional 2 inches to the length of your shirt, didn’t you?) Place pins all the way around the garment, pinning the pleated piece to the rest of the shirt. Continue sewing precisely on top of that seam to join the pleated part to the garment.
How do you make a long dress shorter temporarily?
You can permanently shorten a garment by machine or by hand stitching a new hem, putting hem tape, or attaching fabric adhesive to the hem. You may also temporarily shorten a dress by pinning up the hem with safety pins, knotting loose fabric in the skirt, or using a belt to hold the excess material in place while wearing it.