You’re almost done with your River! Just gotta finish those hems.
The hem is slightly different for the different versions, depending if you’ve made a woven or knit River. But I’ll cover both here.
// WOVEN VERSIONS 2 & 4 //
For woven versions 2&4, start by filing up and pressing by 1/2″.
Then fold up 2” and press.
Stitch close to the edge.
Repeat exactly for the sleeves.
You can also create a cuff for the sleeve, which I’ll show you below.
// KNIT VERSIONS 1 & 3 //
For the knit versions, we don’t want all the bull from folding twice. So we will only be folding once.
It’s not necessary, but if you’d like, you can first finish the raw edge like I did. Then fold in 2 3/8″ and press and pin.
From the outside, use a twin needle or zig zag stitch to topstitch just under 2 3/8″.
You need to use the twin needle or zig zag stitch to maintain the stretch of the fabric.
Now, you can repeat the above steps for the sleeves. Or another option (for any version) is to create a cuffed sleeve. ITs probably better for wovens, but I liked it here with this one, and my knit wasn’t too thick so it worked.
Fold up twice to the outside instead of the inside ( I did 1”. Instructions suggest 1/2”).
Then hand tack at the underarm and top of sleeve to secure it in place.
That’s it! Super easy hemming, and a couple of options for this sleeves!
// LOOKING FOR MORE RIVER POSTS? //
Here’s the full list of River posts and tutorials:
- Inspiration and ideas
- Pattern Tester roundup
- Staystitching and Pockets
- Flat raglan sleeve insertion and side seams
- How to insert raglan sleeves in the round
- Neck band V1 & V3
- Bias bound neckline V2 & V4
- Hemming (this post)
- Belt and belt loops
- Variation : ruffle raglan sleeve detail
- Variation : patch pockets and contrasting fabrics (V1)
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