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How to Easily Alter a Graduation Gown with No Sewing

It's graduation season and if you have a son or daughter graduating this year, you are up to your eyeballs in planning, shopping, decorating, etc. I know what it's like because I'm right there with you.

Maybe you're panicking because their grad gown isn't a perfect fit.

Keep calm mama, because I'm going to show you how easy it is to alter their graduation gown yourself.

Did I mention it's no-sew? Yep, you're going to get your iron on and get this done. Quick!

And in case you're worried that this is a daunting task, let me assure you that it's much easier than I thought it would be! Don't pay someone else to alter your child's graduation gown because you can totally do this yourself! Save your money for all the other expenses!


My second son is graduating from high school in a few days, and as his thrifty mother, I decided not to dish out the $60+ for his own gown/cap but to recycle his older brother's items from 2 years ago.

Here's the thing. Big bro is 6'2" and the graduate is about 5'9". That's a big difference in height!

The whole reason I wrote today's post is because when I googled 'how to easily alter a graduation gown', the only search results involved sewing.

While I do know how to sew, the difference in my boy's heights meant that this was going to be a deep hem and I didn't want to have stitch marks hovering around my son's knees! Not too classy! Plus, I wanted something that was quicker!

I needed a 'no-sew' method and this is the easiest, no-sew way to alter a grad gown.

HOW TO ALTER A GRAD GOWN (WITHOUT SEWING A SEAM)

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First things first. Have your grad try on the gown (zip it up) so that you can see where the hem should be. Mark this spot with a pin. Don't forget the sleeves!

In my son's case, he needed about 9-1/2 inches taken off the length, as well as a couple inches off the sleeve ends.

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So the reason this project is no-sew is because of the magic of Stitch Witchery, a fusible bonding product that essentially 'glues' the fabric together. 

I like the name...it totally suits what this product does!

Set up your ironing board and start heating your iron. It should be set for the fabric type of your gown. Mine didn't have a label, so I set it low, for Nylon/Rayon.

We do NOT want to burn a hole in the gown! Start low, you can always increase the heat!


Turn the gown inside out and slide it onto the board (zipper should be done up).

Use the pin that you marked earlier as a guide to where you want your hem to be. Measure the width so you can stay consistent as you move around the gown. Go all the way around the gown, measuring and pinning as you go.


Iron the fold flat all the way around, keeping the pins in place.


Now it's time to 'magically stitch' the open end.

First you need to change the settings on your iron. The instructions say to set it to WOOL. You also want to add water and set it to the highest steam setting. And finally, have a press cloth (or damp towel) nearby.

Remove a few pins and fold the edge of the gown back an inch or so. Lay the Stitch Witchery down, very lightly pinning it in place.

If you read the instructions, it says to hold the iron over the stitch witchery and steam it. I tried this step, but nothing really happened, so I simply skipped it!


I placed the gown edge carefully over the Stitch Witchery, holding it in place, then placed the damp towel over the top and set my iron on top for 10 seconds, like the directions say. Do not move the iron.


Check to make sure it adhered before moving on to the next section.


And that it is! Continue on around the gown until all the edges have been closed.

If you want, you can even seal the sides of the hems. Totally optional, but it adds a more polished look to the grad gown.


You do the sleeve hems in the very same manner. Please ignore my feet {wink, smile}! Can I just put a quick plug in to L.L.Bean for these amazing slippers! My fave slippers ever! They're a little on the pricey side, but the quality is top notch and they're incredibly comfortable!


And just like that you have an altered graduation gown!



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2 comments:

  1. Interesting.... Sounds easy enough, but what if the gown is bigger around and I need it 3x smaller....?¿?¿?¿?

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    1. There might be a long seam down the back that you could take in.

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