Banksia Sewalong: hemming

Hem time! A nice quick one for today, shall we get to it?

Fold under 1/2″ and press, then fold under 1/2″ again and press

Head over to the sewing machine and topstitch

Do the same for the sleeves.

So what do you do if you get to the end and you realise your top is a bit too short for your liking? You could just do a very tiny hem, or a baby hem. Our hem measurements are just a guide, and can be altered if you wish. Another idea is to add a band of fabric to the hem – much like this top from my Fall 2010 collection – i think it looks really cute, and adds a lot of visual interest!

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  1. Lisa says

    Wow… I love this top with a band at the bottom. And the necklines and placket are finished with bias tape.. How do you sew the bias tape to the placket?

    • MegMeg says

      Thanks Lisa!

      Yep the neckline, armsyces and placket are finished with bias tape. For the placket, i went the easy route – i folded the bias tape in half (so essentiall it was double fold 1/4″ wide tape), and topstitched it in place around the edge. Super easy, but a really great visual detail!

      hugs! xoxo

      • says

        I love the bias tape around the placket. Did you attach it before sewing on the plackets? I imagine it would be a bit like piping to attach? However I’m not sure if you attached it after sewing all the placket. Great idea.

        • MegMeg says

          Hi Katy!!

          I used double fold bias tape – so what i did was i first went around the neckline and encase the raw edges. Then when i did the placket I added the placket as per normal (without any bias tape). It was only afterwards that i decided that the bias tape would look rad around the placket – so i very careful topstitched it around the edge of the placket – it basically sit right on top of the placket seam allowance. it was pretty cheaty but i love how it turned out!

          I hope that helps!!


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