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RuthieG101
« on: August 09, 2013 12:01:01 PM »

I have made a dress where the hem is curved.
I like to have a wide hem (2-4inches).

I would like to know the easiest way to hem this dress, where the raw edge is larger, so it needs gathering in some way.

Any suggestions?
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steiconi
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013 11:06:56 AM »

Mark your fold line all the way around the hem.
Machine baste along the fold line--that makes it fold better.  Call this basting A
trim off the excess fabric; I like to leave about an inch of fabric, it will be harder with a wider hem, especially if the fabric is stiff or thick.
finish the edge of the fabric with an overlock or with stretchy hem tape. 
hand or machine baste the edge of the fabric.  Call this basting B
Fold up the hem along basting A, using basting B to gently gather the excess width; use a steam iron to press the fold in place and to encourage the gathering to lie flat. 
Pin in place, then hand or machine hem.
remove basting A and press again.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013 06:05:56 AM »

For a cleaner look, you might also do the basting A, then fold it and pin the hem to the dress, iron it, then unpin it, sew the folded/ironed edge to binding lace, refold, then sew the lace to the dress instead of sewing bunched up fabric to the dress. Not "easy" either way.
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RuthieG101
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013 11:31:25 PM »

Thanks for the replies.

In the end I made a facing for the hem. I wanted a wide hem, and this seemed the easiest way. It also added some weight to the bottom and helps with the drape.

For reference, to make a facing for the hem is the same as making a facing for the bodice. You make a copy of the skirt pattern from the hem up so far. I went up 4 inches. Once cut out I overlocked/serged the edge that would not be sewn to the  hem for a neat finish (and so that I didn't have to turn that edge under).
I sewn the two side seams and then matched up the edges of the facing to the bottom of the skirt. I sewn them together, right sides together, then ironed the facing to the back. I pinned it into place to make sewing down the overlocked edge of the facing easier. Once sewn the facing down I was done.
I had an easy wide hem on a wide dress.
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