I bought these maxis last year for $8 each. They were too long with the ruffle on. Then I remember my favorite dresses that are too short. I used to have to wear leggings with them to maintain my dignity :P so I cut the ruffle off the maxis to the length of the short dresses' hem, attached them to the short dress. (They're already ruffled, just cut the exact length then close the tube up with 1 seam line). Voilà! 2 new dresses. No, 4 new dresses! Problems solved: long dresses shorter, short dresses are about 2 inches longer.