Monday, November 09, 2009

My Hems

If you've been following along you know that I love to put a little lace on the hem of the lining in a dress or a skirt for that matter...going for that slip like appearance without the hassle of actually wearing one!



I've used it pretty consistently on garments for the last three years and sorrowfully I've come to the bottom of my lace stash.  Now I can and probably will refill it...it's just that my previous stash was purchased at some really bargain prices...whereas the lace I'm finding today is a little pricier...*sigh*

So I've had to come up with a new way to finish my linings.  Now I know that I could just turn the hem twice, press and stitch.   But where would be the fun in that!?!  After rumbling around in my trim drawer, I decided to just add some rayon hem tape to the bottom of the hems:



Lately I've decided that I really like this look...it's a clean finish that works with the tailored garments I've been making recently...because of that it's shown up in the last three dresses...

It's a very simple application.  I just fold the rayon seam binding in half, press it, then pin it to the hem of the lining.  Finally stitch it onto the lining and of course, give it one last press.  Voila ~ you're done!

I know it's a small thing...and it's one more step right at the end of the garment...when you are almost home free and done...but its such a wonderful surprise weeks later when you are wearing the garment again...to see a touch of lace or this really kewl clean finished hem.

Try it!  You will see that it makes you smile too!

18 comments:

  1. You can shop my lace stash if you want. I have tons and never use it because I am just not at that stage yet. Let me know...

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  2. That is also why I bind the edge of the kick pleat (the edge you would see if the pleat moves) with a hong kong finish and just love the lace trim on my linings.

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  3. You've prompted me to start using the massive collection of vintage lace I have. Did you notice the lining on my pencil skirt from the pencil skirt challenge?

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  4. I really love the lace idea! Am definitely going to try this.

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  5. Little touches like lace or bound hems make a garment so special.

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  6. Before I got my serger this is the only way I made hems. I need to go back to making hems like this. They are just cut above.

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  7. Great idea - I gave away my massive stash of lace years ago, but I now know one thing I can with the hundreds of yards of rayon seam binding I just accumulated :-)

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  8. I keep telling myself I need to buy some rayon seam binding, and here's one more reason..!

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  9. Great idea with the rayon tape. I think that those little extras are what makes sewing fun and makes a garment so much more special.

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  10. Do you plan ahead to not have an extra 5/8" in the length of the lining (that was meant for the hem)? Or do you trim it once the skirt is constructed? Or...?

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  11. I can never get my rayon binding to behave for me.

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  12. It looks very neat and lovely finished. Great!

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  13. I always love seeing the inside of your dresses. The lace look is so pretty. The rayon look is good also. It gives the garment a nice finished look. I did it on my latest jacket.

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  14. That's a great idea! I've also been pondering using a scalloped edge on my linings, which I've done before on slips. But now I want to go lace shopping!

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  15. I used to use the lace finish too...when I worked at the fabric store that regularly put it on sale for a penny a yard!

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  16. I like this hem treatment better than lace. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Hi Carolyn,
    Love your blog and I am a beginning sewer so especially appreciate your generous knowledge nad experience sharing. I have one quick question re this post - would a bias binder attachment be helpful for adding the rayon binding?

    Thanks!

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