Hemming Chiffon – Tutorial

Hi!  It’s Tamar on the blog today to show you my latest Ella and talk about hemming chiffon.  Ella’s asymmetrical dress is such a lovely pattern.  There are so many great options for the asymmetrical skirt.  Tulle for the underskirt can add a very fun flair, and a chiffon overlay on the underskirt will give you a slightly more formal look.  For this dress, I chose a chiffon overlay.

Chiffon can be challenging to work with.  So, I’m here to give you a few trips and tricks for hemming chiffon.  This isn’t going to be a quick and easy solution, but I’ve found that I get the best results when I go through all of these steps.

First, sew ¼ inch from the bottom edge of the skirt.  If your fabric wants to gather, loosen your tension.  A walking foot can also be very helpful with chiffon.  If your chiffon will tolerate a cool iron (test it on a scrap first), press the hem up along the line of stitches that you just sewed.

Sew your pressed hem ⅛ inch from the pressed edge.

Trim the excess as close as possible to this last row of stitches.  Don’t skip this step!  You will regret it if you do. 

Press the hem up one more time along the newest row of stitches.  Edge stitch in place.

Admire your tiny beautiful hem.

If you have a serger, you can, of course, use a rolled hem.  However, if you want a more formal look, I personally prefer this method.  

Fabric info: Radiant Fabric Designs – Elegant Florals Collection.


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