No Sew Hack for Shortening Sleeves Using Iron-On Hemming Tape

Free Assembly Striped T-Shirt Bib Dress, size XSFree Assembly Striped T-Shirt Bib Dress, size XS | Sam Edelman Bay Jelly Sandals in rose dust (review here) | Polene Cyme Mini in camel (review here)

It’s the end of summer but we’re still enjoying some warmer temperatures in Boston so I’m still wearing dresses while I can. I thought that the long and loose sleeves didn’t suit this dress so I used this $1.99 iron-on hemming tape from IKEA (they’re meant for hemming curtains) to shorten them to half sleeves. I actually had this iron-on hemming tape for years but I never used the package and I wanted to try using it to shorten the sleeves of this dress and the stripe top below. I first  ironed a crease in the sleeves before I committed to the length. After I was satisfied with the new sleeve length I ironed the hemming tape between the folds. Lastly, I cut off the excess fabric once I was done and the fabric has not frayed for the dress or the top. I used this mini iron since the sleeves are such a small area to iron with the tape.

No Sew Hack for Shortening Sleeves Using Iron-On Hemming Tape - IKEA SY Iron-on Hemming Tape

I’ve washed the dress twice (once in cold wash and this weekend in hot water by accident) and so far the hemming tape has held up. I line dry/air dry my clothes so I can’t speak to how the hemming tape holds up if you put your clothes in the dryer.

Free Assembly Bib Placket Top, size XSFree Assembly Bib Placket Top, size XS | My exact jeans are old favorites from Ann Taylor (they make great denim) | Celine Pico Belt Bag | c/o Amazon The Drop Women’s Monika Flat H-Band Slide Sandal (true to size)

I thought this stripe top was really cute for all seasons but the original long sleeve length was awkward. I opted to shorten the sleeves to be 3/4 length for the top but you can see the original sleeve length here (as seen on the left side with my arm down).

I also bought this little Singer Quick Stitch machine and I hope to watch the YouTube tutorials (part 1, part 2 and part 3) so that I can sew and hem a few things easily. If I get the hang of it I will try to sew the sleeves so that I don’t have to worry about throwing things in the dryer and worrying whether the iron-on hemming tape will hold up in the heat.

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  1. Kari Troutner
    September 16, 2022 / 3:56 pm

    Hi! Where can we find the dress?

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