This is the last of seven days of a sew along in which we created a pattern based on measurements and turned it into a cute skirt. Here’s the info on the sew along, and here’s the first day. If you’ve been following along from the beginning, day #7 is Wednesday, August 7th.
//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.jsToday’s an easy day. Hem your skirt and put it on! Make sure you hung the skirt for a while (preferably overnight) before hemming.
I used a rolled hem for my skirt. You could choose a different type of hem if you know one. For a light, flowy, fabric I prefer a rolled hem. I purchased a rolled hem foot for my bridesmaid dresses, and I love it!
Before hemming, try on your skirt and cut it to be the desired length plus the hem allowance. I’ve found that when using a rolled hem foot, you lose ~1/4-3/8″ in the hem. If you’re going to do a narrow hem without a rolled hem foot, it might cost you a little more. Look through these tutorials to figure out how much excess to leave. If you don’t have a rolled hem foot, hemming will involve folding and sewing once, then trimming the excess before folding and sewing again. There’s no trimming step after you start sewing when you use a rolled hem foot.
|Trim your skirt to the desired length.|
|Make sure the skirt is even. Trim for fit and for evenness.
Sometimes fabric will stretch a little along the bias, which
is why you hung the skirt overnight before hemming.
If you have a rolled hem foot, it’s pretty simple. Follow the instructions that came with the foot, check out this really useful tutorial. You basically fold the fabric into the foot so you only have to go over the hem once, not twice.
I’ll refer you to some tutorials for doing a rolled hem without a rolled hem foot. First, here’s the hem we did for the coffee date dress. Here’s a really unique trick I’ve never thought of to help with this type of hem. And here’s that same trick, featured on yet another blog!
Ok, hem your dress. Afterward, the hem might look kinda squiggly. Press it on both sides.
|Hem before pressing.|
|The final product.|
That’s all! You have a new skirt! Make sure to wash off any marks you made on your waistband, and inspect all the seams to make sure they’re well-sewn.
Now find some breeze! Hope this skirt was easy!
|The final product. A bit shorter than I had planned, but that’s ok.|
|Bow from above|
I would change a few things: 1) I might add a little more ease into the waistband (like an extra 1/4-1/2″) because the bow will take it in to the right size, 2) I might use interfacing on the waistband (I know, I’ve sworn off interfacing, but the waistband could benefit from a little structure). That’s all, though. I really like the skirt!