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Christiana1
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Date: 1/26/12 6:33 AM

Hi, I am making a skirt with a back vent and faced hem. But the pattern gives no instructions - well so minimal I cant work out how to do it. The vent is cut to fold and it is a tulip skirt. All she (Hot Patterns) tells me to do is sew the facing onto the sides of the vent on the wrong side, turn it over and sew along the hem on the right side and then turn back again and sew the facing onto the skirt. Cant see how this works at all and can find no instructions in any of my books.
So help please if possible,

Christine

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Date: 1/26/12 8:53 AM

Are there pictures that go with this? Is the hem facing a separate piece, or is it a self-facing that is just folded up?

If someone is familiar with the particular pattern that you have in mind, you might get some help if you post the pattern number. Otherwise, I think people are going to need to see the pattern instructions or the pattern piece shapes, or something. THere are a couple of different ways to do a faced vent at the bottom hem.

Christiana1
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Date: 1/26/12 9:59 AM

Hi, thanks for that. The facing is a separate piece. The pattern is Hot Patterns 1101 the slouchy fly front skirt. I have found it so difficult - this is my third go including a muslin because the pattern seems to be wrong. But I love the style.
Hopefully someone will know this one,
Christine

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Date: 1/27/12 3:14 AM

I don't have this pattern but it sounds they're asking you to sew a standard back vent. From your information it sounds like there's a separate hem facing probably because the hem line is curved.

(1) I would sew on the hem facing to the back pieces at the hem line, right sides together. Press the hem up.
(2) Put the two back pieces with right sides together. Sew the back pieces together at the back center seam from the waist to the matchpoint (should be marked with a dot) and across the top of the vent extension with the seam allowance folded back. See pic
(3) Baste the vent at the center back, if desired. Clip to the dot. Press the center seam open and keep the vent to the right side. See pic 2
(4) Turn the skirt so the right side is up/facing you and sew a diagonal line across the top of the vent extension to secure it. See pic 2 Remove basting.
... proceed with the instructions until you're ready to do the hem.
(5) For the hem you need to stitch the facing to the skirt. Depending on the fabric, style of the skirt, type of fabric etc you can sew a straight stitch across or you can do a blind catchstitch or many other hemming options.
(6) Slip stitch the bottom of the vent extension to the hem. See pic 3.

If your pattern pieces look different than my pics, please take a pic. But this is pretty standard for a back vent.

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Date: 1/27/12 6:21 AM

Thank you - the pics are helpful so i am about to try this. Learning a lot.

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Date: 1/27/12 11:17 AM

Thanks for the great tutorial. I've been appreciating all of the information that I've seen in your posts.

Future search term: hemthread

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Date: 2/7/12 1:14 AM

Just checking in to see how your skirt is coming along...

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