Day 11 – January 11
Sometimes textbooks don’t do a very good job of explaining things. Sometimes the explanations are just downright terrible. Case in point: the non-explanation given by my fashion design textbook for false hems. I say non-description because it really is just a figure with a few notes added to it. Now that I know how to do a false hem, the picture makes sense. It did nothing, however, to further my understanding of how they worked. Fortunately, I was able to find several pages on the internet that helped to elucidate.
So a false hem is a handy little thing to know about. It’s sort of misnamed because it’s not a false hem, it’s still a hem, it’s just more like a facing (created by joining two pieces of fabric) rather than a true hem (created by folding the fabric to the wrong side). Let’s say you have a pair of pants that you need to lengthen an inch, but you don’t have any coordinating fabric to add length. A false hem is your answer. Or, let’s say you are making a pair of pants and fail to add extra length for a hem. Or, your hem is quite shaped, like a scalloped hem or angular or asymmetrical. Again, a false hem would be of use.
Here are the basic steps.
- Cut a piece of fabric the width of the pants hem and 1-1.5 inches tall. The fabric can be anything you like, but shouldn’t be heavier in weight than the fabric of the pants. Stay away from using bias binding or fabric cut on the bias as it will distort when you wash it.
- Place the strip and the bottom of the pants, right sides together, lining up the raw edges, and sew.
- Press the seam toward the bottom.
- Turn the hem under and press
- Sew the hem in your usual manner.
Happy false hemming!