Jenny La Fleur
marking the hem - Jenny La Fleur
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marking the hem

Tuesday evening I had Daddy fix me a small very dry martini and I turned my attention once again to the Pearl Gown.

Hem time, my favorite part - NOT! I hate hems. Because I hate hems I'm a big fan of narrow hems, they are faster as I can do them on the machine and without as much fussing to make them fit right. The wider them hem to more fussing.

#19. Lay out back skirt folded at center back and trim where necessary to ensure shaping of the train is even.

#20. Press hem in front, following the pins (not pictured). Determine how wide you want hem to be, multiply by two and mark measurement from the pressed edge. Trim.

#21. Starting in the center front, fold bottom edge to the pressed crease.

#22. Fold again and press with iron. (I sometimes find it easier to fold edge to the ironed crease, press with iron then fold again and press again.)

#23. Pin as necessary. Work on sections until hem is completly pinned.

I should probally mention that after working on this for a little while I decided the hem I'd marked was too wide and cut it down more. I needed it narrower to deal with the shaping on the train. I hate hems...


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trystbat From: trystbat Date: March 29th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC) (link)
LOL -- the first picture sums up how I feel about sewing a lot of the times, esp. today!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 30th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (link)
LOL! Yes, sewing was more fun with a martini... I must do it again soon! :>
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: March 29th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (link)
LOL - I always do wide hems because I have a fear of cutting the skirt too short. I figure, if I have a wide hem, I can always let it down! :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 30th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC) (link)
I used to do that too but never, ever let a hem down. Add a ruffle maybe but once a hem is there, it's there for life! Now I add tons to make sure it's not too short but once it's been marked (on me) I trim it all away. A little wasteful perhaps but narrow hems rock! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 30th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC) (link)
Hehe. That is the way to sew. ;P
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 30th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC) (link)
My thoughts exactly! :>
anielmom From: anielmom Date: March 30th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (link)
I Hate hems! maybe 'cause I suck at them. I think you're on to something with the martini, it's gotta make an obnoxious chore just a little more fun.
seekatesew From: seekatesew Date: March 30th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for posting your pics and explanations! It's always interesting (at least to me) to see the hard work and little details that go into making an outfit look great. I can't wait to see it when it's finished!

I somehow sew straighter seams *after* a glass of wine. Or maybe they just *seem* straighter... ;)
madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: April 5th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (link)
I cheat with my hems. First, I do a running stitch with my machine that is half the width of the hem I want. Then I instantly have a perfectly straight line on which to fold the fabric again to finish the hem! Bwaa haaa haaa!
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