Vogue 8648 -The Large Hem


I may have figured it out!
I have been pinning some extra wide hemmed skirts since I saw that Vuitton leather skirt a couple of years ago wondering how it was done and I found a solution. 
An extra wide hem is difficult to do because you have to take in all of this fullness and so I tried to work around that by making a separate 18cm pattern piece for the hem which mirrors exactly the skirt's.


I made the dress, let it hang for a couple of days, marked the hemline, sewed the back and front hem band and adjusted them to the new curve on the side. I pressed the top of the hem pieces and then sewed, understitched and topstitched the new hem in place (I used the black tape on the right side as a sewing guide). 


This by no means is a tutorial as I am not entirely sure it's the right way to do this. I do think it's a good alternative to horsehair braid which is hard to come by around this part of the world and it works beautifully. 
When I walk, my knees kick the skirt in front of me just like it would on a runaway and it makes me feel like a million dollar babe.
That can't be bad! 

4 commentaires :

  1. It's interesting to see "old" methods coming back - everything old is new again. :) I make 1800s costumes, and this is the method they used "back in the day" to hem their skirts. Glad to see that you are pleased with your hem!

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    1. This is awesome, is there a reference somewhere that I could check out or direct my readers towards?

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  2. I never thought of this as an alternative to horsehair but you're right - a faced hem has wonderful body.

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    1. Thank you for putting a name on it! Faced hems rock!

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