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« on: March 25, 2012 08:12:27 PM »

Been at that sewing machine again... thought you guys might like this.  It's a 50's inspired outfit for my 2 year old, with fluffy petticoat, circle skirt, bolero and a veil clip.  I'm really happy with how it came together, and miss loves it too - she twirls and says in her babyish toddler voice, 'Imma PIN-SESS!' (good grief, another one...)












Anyone have any tips on hemming a circle skirt?  Cause I still can't bring myself to actually get in and do it.  Feel an awful lot like effort.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012 08:55:37 PM »

This is so adorable! Good job. Circle skirt hemming is worth the effort if you have a hemming tool, its a metal plate with a curved edge and a flat edge with inch markers. But I still cheat on hems whenever I can get away with it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012 12:05:24 AM »

This is tres adorable!!!

I would also love tips on hemming on a curve.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012 12:39:09 AM »

Gorgeous!!! Just gorgeous!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2012 03:38:37 AM »

Wow that outfit is amazing! I'd feel like a pin-sess too if I was wearing it.

The easiest way to finish a circle skirt is to just forget the hem and put bias tape over it, which can look nice on some dresses, especially if you're using a contrast, but on this I doubt you'd wanna do that.

Here's a really detailed tute for hemming a circle skirt, and it is a huge pain and takes forever and you never feel like you're doing it right, or at least I don't ever feel like I'm doing it right and end up ripping it apart about 20 times before I'm finished. http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/curved-hems

I'm gonna look into getting one of those hemming tools frankeknitter mentioned. They looked like they could really help and they're only about $13 at walmart, which with as much as I love doing circle skirts on my dresses I'm thinking it would be worth it.

Good luck on the hemming!
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2012 05:19:50 AM »

Oh man, that flowered bolero is to die for.  Makes me start daydreaming on how to make a grown up sized one of my own.  Lucky little lady to have such a gorgeous ensemble!
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012 05:53:31 AM »

That is GORGEOUS!  Any tips on how you did the bolero?  Or was it just hours of hand stitching those flowers on?  She looks too cute!

I cheat whenever possible and use hem tape to hem circle skirts.  It can get spendy if it's for an adult size, floor length skirt, but even then I think it's worth it.  I either use actual hem tape or the narrow double fold bias tape.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012 09:32:10 AM »

Yes, I too would like to know how the bolero was constructed!  Your bebe looks too sweet for words!
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012 04:36:56 PM »

Thanks for all the kind comments! 

The bolero fabric was about $16/m, from Spotlight, an Australian craft store chain.  It is covered in lovely soft, ruffled flowers.  Most of the dimensional flower fabric you see in Spotlight is stiff plastic stuff.  This was the first time I'd found something so soft.  It came in a peach/salmon colour and the off white.  For dress fabric it was wide, so I bought 0.5m and had plenty leftover.   

As for the pattern, I drafted that one Cheesy  In a size 1 - 2 (toddler), you just re-size this onto a 5cmx5cm grid:





If you'd like more detailed instructions, you can find them on my blog.  There's a link in my signature Smiley

As for the hem... yeah, still feels like effort!  Usually I use one gathering thread, but looking at that link (thank you, ivoryh1632!!!), two gathering threads looks much more stable.  I will get to it.  Soon.  Yep.  Trying to convince myself here...
     

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012 05:50:01 PM »

that is a spectacular outfit!
Thanks for the bolero tips.
Seriously, it sounds like effort but I would pin and handsew the hem, it would look lovely and I handsew at night watching tv, I barely even notice I am doing it.
( lol not sure how possible that is with a 2 year old I admit! I have almost totally forgetten when my kids where that age, wow!)
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012 12:32:45 PM »

That's a beautiful ensemble!  Your DD looks beautiful.
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2012 12:55:56 PM »

Ooh, thanks for the bolero pattern!  Lucky you for such an awesome fabric find!


ScrappySue, you're my hero...I don't mind hand hemming, but the thought of doing a circle skirt scares me, for some reason.
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2012 04:55:30 AM »

This is one of the most beautiful outfits I have ever seen. I am floored, wow...that's all I can say. I would LOVE to be able to make something like this for my daughter *sigh*, but my sewing skills are mediocre at best.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2012 01:40:26 PM »

Awwwww....! This is one of the sweetest things I've ever seen, both dress and your little pin-sess!  Cheesy

I have sometimes used two-sided iron-on tape to hemming evening gowns when I didn't want hemming to be seen... Oh what am I explaining, I was just lazy Wink
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2012 12:51:41 PM »

ADORABLE!! The dress is immaculate and she is precious in the pictures.
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2012 03:27:30 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2012 11:20:58 PM »

Circle skirts are my favourite thing! I was so pleased when I learned how to hem one properly, and also fairly easily.

FIRST RULE! If you want your hem to hang straight, hang the garment up for 24 hours to let it fall, and trim it to a proper circle again. The diagonal (bias) will stretch more than the straight grain, thus the wobbly hem after a day of wearing.

This may seem kind of loosey-goosey, and it is, but it's the best way to hem that evil beauty. Don't try and measure everything every inch and press or you will get frustrated. First, turn the hem up approximately a quarter inch while sewing, and stitch right on the very edge of the fold. Go all the way around, then pull out your shears and trim that quarter right down to nothing, be careful not to cut your stitching, but you want to be almost about to.

Once you've trimmed that all off, start sewing again, tucking that little bit of hem up and stitching in the middle of it. its easiest to work with the wrong side up so you can see the edge. This is called a baby hem, and is essentially just two folds up with two lines of stitching, but on the outside it should just show a single line. Best way to hem a really curved thing Smiley I can write up a tutorial with pictures if anyone would like.
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2012 11:23:15 PM »

And now for the real reason for looking in here, that outfit is gorgeous! You wonder why your girls want to be princesses when you dress them up like THAT!?! I would have killed for an outfit like that as a kid... Oh wait I still would. That little baby face with such elegant damask and veil... If that doesn't bring out the desire to have babies in every woman who sees it, I don't know what will!
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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2012 01:39:26 AM »

Vecrutzi - I for one, would love a tute of your method for hemming a circle skirt.

And thanks for that bit about hanging the dress before hemming, that totally makes sense why I alwasy end up with wonky hems after I wear it. I know it always says in the pattern instructions to hang before hemming but my mom always told me I didn't need to do that.....although as I get older and have started doing more research about sewing, I've found out that she's been wrong about a lot of her "shortcuts" but hey, now I know why she never made anything other than halloween costumes since they're only worn once and don't have to fit perfect  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2012 08:15:31 AM »

What about a very tiny lace edging instead of hemming?  It should go with the look of the dress without ruining it and it will be much faster than hemming.
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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2013 05:05:35 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2013 07:23:17 PM »

Well that was unexpected!  Thank you!
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« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2013 02:36:21 AM »

soo cuuuuute! and to technically brilliant. I bow to you.
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« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2013 05:40:52 PM »

That is the most adorable thing ever! Okay 2nd adorable...your daughter is #1. Both are sooooo cute!!
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