Hemming a Dress or Skirt
Any dressmaker worth her salt knows how to hem a skirt or dress. It’s just one of those essentials that you cannot simply do without. Learn how to do it just like the professionals.
What’s the Big Deal?So you know that you should be a dab hand at hemming but you are not sure why? Trust us; you will need to use this skill at some point. If you have ever brought a dress and felt that it sat a little too high on your thigh, an ability to adapt the hem will come in very handy!
Getting StartedAll you need to get started is the following:
- Your skirt or dress
- Thread in a colour which matches your item
- A universal needle
- Dress pins
- A seam ripper
- An iron
- Fabric marker (chalk, soap, pen – anything will do!)
The Six StepsThere are roughly six steps to hemming a dress or a skirt and we have detailed them below. Hemming is quite easy and as you read through the steps you will see that there really is nothing to it.
Step One – Measure UpIt’s vital that before you commit to a new length, that you do your homework Try the item on or measure it exactly to work out the desired alteration – you don’t want to have to unpick your work later on!
Then grab the seam ripper and unpick the existing hem. Be quite gentle when doing this. You don’t want to rip it so don’t be afraid to take your time getting that thread out and ensuring that the fabric is not unsettled.
Step Two – Put the Iron OnAfter unpicking the hem, iron the fabric flat and get rid of that crease. The reason why we ask you to do this is to ensure that you get a true idea of the length of fabric available and how deep your hem needs to be.
Now try the item back on and see if your original measurements are still accurate. If necessary, adjust those figures to ensure that your item is as short or as long as it needs to be.
Step Three – Chalk it upNow mark the fabric. Try and draw an accurate and straight line on the fabric where you want the hemline to sit. You don’t have to be overly precise; a slightly wavy or unsteady line won’t jeopardise your project. However, do strive to ensure that it is going to act as a realistic guide.
Step Four – Back to the IronFold the fabric up, along the hemline that you have just drawn up. With the iron, press the new fabric into place, creating a new crease that you will now use as your sewing guide.
Get hold of some basic dress pins and secure the new hem in place.