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Posted on: 3/7/06 6:40 PM
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Unfortunately, the pictures were lost with the move from Yahoo to Flikr. I will need to take another set of pics.

I like shirts with shaped hems, but it's always so difficult to get those hems to lie flat around the curves. I stumbled on this idea when making my last shirt.

First cut some self-fabric bias tape one inch wide. Then stitch to the right side of the hem using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Trim the SA to 1/4 inch and press the SA toward the binding. Then fold the tape over the SA and then fold again at the seamline to the wrong side. Press. Once it's pressed and held in place, you can stitch from either the right side or the wrong side for a 1/4 inch shaped hem. Be careful on the outside curves. They're harder than the inside curves and are more likely to stretch. After stitching, press again to eliminate any wrinkles, especially on the outside curves.

This is the same technique often used to finish neck edges with bias binding, and I got the idea because the armhole edges on the sleeveless blouse I was working on were finished in this way.

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mj312b said...
This was very helpful. Thanks so much.
9/18/08 9:22 AM
burgy58 said...
Just what I was looking for, esp. the pictures. Couldn't find this technique in any of my sewing books. Thanks!
11/6/06 1:50 PM
Stargirl7 said...
This is what I *should* have done on the dress I just made. Well, I'll know better next time...
7/3/06 0:25 AM
mamacita said...
What a wonderful photo tutorial. thank you so much!
3/9/06 10:56 PM
SewVeryTall said...
Great photo demonstration! And the 5 layers of fabric would add weight to the hem, which in a lot of fabrics, would make the shirt hang nicer.
3/9/06 8:26 AM
Trinity. said...
Lorna, the inside edge is turned under so there is no exposed raw edge. I will try and add some pictures so that the instructions are clearer.
3/8/06 4:34 PM
Lorna C. Newman said...
Does the unfinished edge on the inside not fray or does the bias cut prevent that?
3/8/06 1:17 PM
Queendom said...
Great idea, I'll try it!
3/8/06 12:52 PM
Neefer said...
Great idea!
3/8/06 12:15 PM
Irene Q said...
Great idea - I was struggling with a shirttail hem just the other day! Hope you don't mind me borrowing this for the New Techniques contest...
3/8/06 10:37 AM
xela said...
Great idea!
3/8/06 9:54 AM
Nickle said...
Great tip and I liked your results on the top you made. Thanks for sharing.
3/8/06 6:30 AM
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