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 The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to hem a DIY dress in just 3 steps. Snazzy | Randomly Happy

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.

a 3-step guide to a brilliant hem

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.

The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to hem a DIY dress in just 3 steps. Snazzy | Randomly Happy

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.

The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to hem a DIY dress in just 3 steps. Snazzy | Randomly Happy

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
Iron
Sewing machine, thread

The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to hem a DIY dress in just 3 steps. Snazzy | Randomly Happy

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!

  1. Reply
    Nikki Banham-Hall

    Good tutorial. I am looking forward to our crafty meet up tomorrow!

    Nikki x @ Bead It and Weep

  2. Reply
    Liz Lwanga

    So cute!! Just discovered your site, and I'm really looking forward to making one of these dresses for my own. Thanks for the taking the time to make this and lay it out step by step!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Liz – I've decided I like you 🙂

      x

  3. Reply
    mamajane

    i'm an experience sewist (50+yrs.) and i must say i love this dress. the tutorial was very well done and should be easy for even a novice to get. i'm going to make one of these as soon as i figure out which piece of my stash i'll use. i'm going on a cruise in about 50 days and i'm definitely going to take it with me. it occurs to me that it will make a great bathing suit cover up, done in a nice lightweight fabric. i guess i'll make 2.! thanks for a job well done. can't wait to read your next one.

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    Haley Pullen

    I just discovered your blog and I am so grateful! I am new to sewing and this dress tutorial is wonderfully concise and understandable and broken down into manageable steps. There are a lot of sewing tutorials for beginners for projects that I simply wouldn't wear, but this dress looks comfy, fashionable, and feminine. I'm going to give it a shot!

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    safiyyah Bouda

    hey thanks this was really usefull I was trying to fix the hem of a maxi skirt I liked and I couldn't get it right .. after this im definetly going to get it right BIG KISS THANKS !!!

  6. Reply
    Anonymous

    The problem I have is what to do with fabric that is unaffected by ironing. :/ Otherwise, this looks great for other fabrics and I will definitely keep it in mind.

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