In this post I’m going to introduce you to my easy 3 step hem and my never-fail secret hemming weapon: an iron. True story.
I always planned on wearing this baby to work. There’s something about that simple silhouette and bold colour that makes me feel like a bad ass professional.
OK maybe not bad ass but it’s certainly going to make Monday’s more cheerful!
All in all, it was pretty easy, right? Plus the dress isn’t completely sleeveless, so those of you that are worried about your arms have some cover.
Want to learn more about making your own delicious DIY dress? Check out the whole of the series: Choosing the right fabric The perfect DIY dress pattern (with only 3 measurements) DIY dress sewing success Getting the perfect finish The easiest elastic waist ever Finishing the sleeves (like a pro) 3 steps to a brilliant hem
How to hem a dress
You will need:
Your dress from last week
Sewing machine, thread
1. Start by turning your dress inside out. Take the bottom raw hem and fold it up by 1.5 cm or 5/” all the way around. Press as you go.
2. Fold the hem over by another 1.5 cm or 5/8″ and press again. Pressing helps set the fabric, making sewing easier. I didn’t even need any pins for this. The pressing kept the hem nice and steady, in it’s place.
3. Sew using a straight stitch. Sew as close to the top of the hem as possible (furthest away from the bottom of your dress that you can get away with). Press again when you’re finished, just to settle those stitches.
4. All done!