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Hemming a bias cut skirt
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Date: 11/24/06 12:26 PM

I am making a skirt for my niece for Christmas-she is 3000 miles away. The skirt is cut in panels, on the bias (M5194) two each for front and back.
The problem is, I don't have a model to hem on,after the bias hangs -so How do I correct the hem for the parts that stretch, so the hem comes out even?
I think because of the bell shape that it will be difficult to just do it by measurement. scroll down to line drawing
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-- Edited on 11/24/06 12:34 PM --

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Date: 11/24/06 1:09 PM

It would help if you could find somebody to put the skirt on. Dressform maybe? Otherwise, I'd hang on the skit hanger: the one that has clips at the top of it. Then hang it off some bar where the skirt would hang free, like shower curtain bar. I would, then, use a yardstick to measure the skirt even.

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Date: 11/24/06 1:30 PM

No dressform available-and no someone either-that's what I meant-I have the skirt on a hanger-but because of the sides being longer due to the tulip shape-I'm not sure how to measure to get it even-I'd hate to make a mistake-this skirt was a pain in the *%^ to make-I had to hand pick the darn zipper.

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Date: 11/24/06 2:23 PM

This is a huge, huge problem. The hips will make the side seams longer. You can't just measure up to the hem as it hangs on a hanger. If you do, the hem will be crooked when worn.

You are going to have to simulate hips somehow. Not easy to do. My suggestion is to go to a fabric store, buy a dress form, save your sales slip, hem your skirt, and then take the dress form back after you are done.

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Date: 11/30/06 1:48 PM

Can you drape the skirt over a lamp shade? I did that once when I made a circle skirt for my then 6-year-old. She wasn't patient enough to stand still for me to finish marking the hem, so I borrowed our floor lamp. Was a laborious process, but it worked.
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Date: 12/5/06 6:56 PM

I just finished this skirt! I, too, wondered how in the world to hem it because every day it hanged it seemed to grow longer in some areas. I finally just went ahead serged the edge and hemmed it up. I am average height so I figured it ought to be alright. It turned out fine because of the design. It was a good thing it hung so long because the lining did it's own thing too. I also used Palmer and Pletsch liquid stabilizer - soaked the whole length of the silk chiffon I was using. MY biggest mistake was airdrying the length outside on a breezy day - while I held one long end in my ends. It was a beautiful sight as it floated and waved. But, I believe some of the fabric dried distorted only making the hemming part more complicated.

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Date: 12/6/06 12:14 PM

I ended up using the pattern piece to trim the skirt and lining-by laying flat on a table and working one section at a time-I had let it hang for several days. I hemmed the lining slightly shorter so it wouldn't show-just in case of further stretching. This result was satisfactory-if not perfect.

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