Member since 2/12/06
Date: 5/25/13 9:56 PM
I'm making a empire waist tank style dress with a sheer burnout overlay. The solid under layer will be an inch or two shorter than the overlay. The overall length will be about 2-3" above my knees if that makes a difference.
Pictures of fabrics
Sheer burnout pic
Sheer with solid
I'm trying to decide how to handle the hem. Part of me would love to cut along the bottom of the more solid area and leave it raw. However you'll note that it's not straight but a bit wavy. I keep thinking it will look like a drunken sailor hemmed, or actually didn't hem the dress!
The other option is to do a more traditional hem in the more solid area still leaving it an inch or two longer.
While I would love to use the thinner burnout at the hem I don't think it will hang right by itself. It's quite wispy if you know what I mean.
Opinions wanted please!
Member since 5/11/11
In reply to simplystitches
Date: 5/26/13 5:22 AM
Simplystitches - I would go with your idea following the wavy 'soilid' line for the sheer layer hem edge. I think it would look great rather than odd. It would keep to the 'feel' of the dresses texture. I actually think a straight hem would look even odder, the hem line edge passing through those waves.
You could stop it fraying by either sewing a reinforcing stitch (very smaill zig-zag maybe?) just above your cutting line following the contours.
I usually hem sheer fabrics using my overlocker - 2 thread or 3 thread rolled hem. I think this might be harder because of the waves (pokies might be a problem).
Another thought for stopping cut edge fraying - fuse a narrow strip of dreamweave stretch fusible interfacing (or similar) ...before cutting. It's quite sheer. I would still do a stitch just above the cut though.
Experiment on a scrap and see what works. Keep us posted!
Member since 2/12/06
In reply to genierita
Date: 5/26/13 8:24 AM
I forgot to mention that it's a knit so it's not going to fray.
I've already cut an edge and run it through the a wash and all it does is curl up slightly. Luckily it doesn't get that tight roll some knits do!
Thanks for the reply.