Darling Ranges dress sewalong: hemming

As a side note: Thanks so much for all of the encouragement yesterday. Everyones comments, emails and tweets were so heartening! It’s a stressful time, but also an exciting time :) Can’t wait to share more details with you next week

Okay, lets get going on hemming our Darling Ranges dresses! This is an easyyyy peasyyyy step!

Lets get out our rulers and get those irons hot!

I think this first step is most important – > check that your skirt is a uniform length. That seems obvious, but sometimes we can end up cutting slightly inaccurately and then one side of your skirt may be longer than the other. This is going to be realllly obvious in this dress because then one side of the placket may be longer than the other. So first check that both sides are the same length.

Fold under 1/2″ of fabric at the raw edge of the skirt hem, and press.

Fold under 2″ of fabric, press and pin in place.

Sew along the folded edge on the inside enclosing the raw edges. I like to start along the bottom of the placket and sew up until i hit the hem edge then sew all the way around the hem – i do that because its a quick easy way to close up the opening by the placket.

Press again – and you’re done!

Other notes on hemming:

  1. This is a wide hem – you really don’t have to make it this wide if you don’t want to :) Which could be useful if you get this far and realise that your skirt is too short – you can get up to an extra 2 inches in skirt length by making a narrower hem!
  2. Why not think about doing something else with your hem? I kind of wish i’d made mine scalloped! Remember the tutorial i made for easy scallop hems last year? I think that would be SO cute on a Darling Ranges!
  3. I also kind of love the idea of doing a contrast hem with a band of fabric or lace – which would actually be useful if you realise too late that your skirt is too short! (it happens, that’s why i’m mention it twice hehe)
  4. I saw this idea for getting a uniform hem on Pinterest a while ago and i think it’s really clever!


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  1. Angela says

    I know I should have posted this yesterday, but congrats on your decision to move back home. I live in Perth we have been having the best weather here lately! I was at North Beach this week with my 2 yr and 4 yr old and thinking this has got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Good luck for the move!