scalloped hemline top, made by me (tutorial below — similar here and here)
dittos jeans (similar here)
gorjana necklace and bracelet

I don’t know what it is about scallops, but I just love them. They’re a simple little detail that changes the entire look of a piece, and they’re so whimsical and unexpected.

I’ve been wanting to make something with a scalloped hem for myself for a while, and when I ran across this sweatshirt dress at Target a few weeks ago, it was perfect for an easy refashion. And it turns out that doing this kind of hemline is super easy!

Click through to see the full tutorial!

dress or long shirt
matching thread
sharp scissors
Instructions // 
1. Determine your desired length of your scalloped hem top. Mark with a pin where you want the bottom of the scallops to fall, and then cut half an inch below that. Cut off the hemline of the dress. Save the hemline because we’ll use it later.
2. Use a marker or chalk and mark your scallops. {tip: cut a piece of paper in the desired size of your scallop and use that as a guide when drawing and measuring each scallop}. Mine were about 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall. Cut along your markings. 
3. Take 3 inches of the original hemline and, with right sides together, pin it to the scalloped edge. Make sure the original hemline (I’ll now call it the “lining”) is completely covering the scallops. Sew along the scallops and lining, all the way around the dress, sewing them together. Sew as close to the edge of the scallops as you can. 
4. Trim the lining down to be the same height as the scalloped edge. Make sure you cut a nice big slit in between each scallop.  Once the lining is completely trimmed down, fold the lining over the top of the scallops and turn each scallop right side out. Press super well so each scallop lays flat. 
5. Sew around the entire scalloped hemline, about 1/8″ away from the edge, securing the lining in place and flattening the hemline. And you’re done! 


  1. Natali says:

    This scalloped tunic is beautiful and you’ve styled it perfectly! Once again, this is such a great DIY piece!

  2. Meghan Hayes says:

    I want to do it NOW! This is so cute. I’m going to have to pour over the instructions to make sure I get it right.

  3. Erin Li-Sik says:

    This came out so cute! I’ve done scallops before, and they can be such a pain to get just right. These look great though!

  4. Christina Storm says:

    I love the scalloped hem so so pretty! Hope you have a great weekend!

    The Style Storm

    <3, Christina

  5. Katie says:

    cute! I love the scalloped edge on a simple shirt!

  6. Lindsay Erin says:

    Very cute, This would be cute with leggings and boots!

  7. 204park says:

    Ok, I HAVE to try this! One of my maternity tanks has a scalloped bottom but I paid a small fortune for it and I want to recreate the look in a few weeks when I won’t be preggos anymore. I’m so excited that you posted this! Thanks and have a good weekend! XO, Sarah

  8. Naomi Weima says:

    What’s a good width to make the scallop width? I’ve tried this before and they either turn into blobs because they’re too wide, or are too pointy because they’re too narrow.

  9. This is such a great tutorial! I love scallop edges! Going to have to try this 🙂

  10. Mads | Its a Mads Mads World says:

    Love the scalloped edge !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  11. Sarah Polk says:

    That top would look super cute with white skinny jeans or black leggings. I LOVE black and navy combos.


  12. Leanne says:

    Oh my gosh Merrick, this is genius! Great job!

  13. This is great! I am thinking about doing it on the edge of a jacket. I saw it in Kasper (store) and it was 60 bucks. and I didn’t want to pay that much. So this is perfect!


  14. Ginnifer Smith Jobgen says:

    I have a question? How tall are you? That length looks perfect on you but don’t know how it would look on a shorter gal?

  15. Sarah says:

    Did you refashion the tunic or make the whole thing? I would like to make it but don’t have a tunic. Just wondering where you got it!

  16. Jann says:

    I think you could save time by turning the bottom of the dress up a few inches (right sides together), stitching the scallops, then trimming. Turn “lining” to inside and tack stitch at side seams or where needed.

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