Well now, check you out making it to the end of this sew-along skirt project. And think of all you’ve done… cut a pattern, create gathers, add in pockets. That’s some pretty good skills to build on.
Today, all we’ve got left to do is hem our skirt. A nice and easy task for us to finish on and I’m going to show you the easiest way to get a professional finish.
If you haven’t started yet, I hope you give this a try. It’s not as hard as you think. And, come on, it’s an awesome skirt. See.
Have I convinced you that this whole sewing business is actually rather easy, or are you still perplexed? Maybe you’ve got an idea of what we should be making next on this series? Leave a comment bellow, or come stalk me on Twitter or Facebook.
Keen to flex your skills? Check out all the posts in the Total Beginner's Guide to Sewing a DIY Skirt series: The pattern Cutting your fabric Easy pockets Sewing up Perfect zipper in 8 steps The easy 3 step hem
How to sew an easy 3 step hem
You will need:
1. It’s go time! Start with you skirt inside out so that you’re working on the wrong side of your fabric.
2. Start from a seam (it’s usually the easiest place to start). Fold the bottom edge up by 1.5 cm.
3. Press in place. Do this for along 30 cm or so of fabric. Get that fold pressed really well.
4. Now fold over another 1.5 cm. Press this really well. You shouldn’t be able to see the cut edge of the fabric any more since it’s been folded twice. Pin in place at a few spots if you feel you need to.
5. Repeat all the way around the skirt. You may want to occasionally (about every 30 cm) cut a notch from the first fold (in step 2). This will help the fabric stop bunching as it curves around.
6. Once you’re done folding and pressing, sew along the top edge of your fold using a straight stitch. Stitch as close as you can to the top edge and try to stay an even distance from the bottom.