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a simple trick for evening out the hem of a circle skirt

Any time you make a garment cut on the bias there will some stretching out along the bias. If you hem your garment immediately, then this stretching will result in a very uneven hem over time. It’s always best to let your hemline stretch out before hemming – but then the trouble is, how to even it out properly.

Today i’m sharing with you one of my favourite simple tricks for evening out the hemline on a circle skirt!

1) Let your skirt hang for a few days before hemming. I used my dress form, but you can just as easily use a coat hanger, it really doesn’t matter. In my personal opinion the longer you let it hang the better, but having said that, i’m impatient and can never seem to wait longer than 2 days before hemming

2) Lay out your skirt and line up the original pattern piece with it.

3) Using the original hemline as your guide, trim the stretched out uneven portions of the skirt hem.

Seriously isn’t that simple? This trick is perfect for the Tania culottes or Veronika skirt


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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Lady Mellilah of Athena's Grove Trims

Such a great idea! Let gravity do all the work for you…HUZZAH!

8 years ago

This couldn’t have come at a better time! I made your Tania culottes and they’ve been hanging for weeks because I was scared to tackle evening out the hem. This looks so easy. Thanks!

8 years ago

Great tip. I usually measure up from the floor or table if the mannequin is on one. And mark the same distance up all the way round. Then cut and hem. But will defo try your method next time. Sound quicker :-)

8 years ago

Such a great idea! I can’t believe I never thought of that. :)

8 years ago

What a great tip! Sounds so simple and I may have said “well duh” to myself but I certainly didn’t think of it. Thank you for sharing!

8 years ago

That’s a genius idea. I just made a maxi skirt and may try this out. Another method I have seen but yet to try was to stick a piece of string covered in talc across a doorway horizontally and then step into it all the way around your garment. Love your blog and patterns, I have a few coming up in my sewing queue.

Rhi Owens
Rhi Owens
8 years ago

i can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before! I have a pair of Tanias that have been hanging for months because they warped so badly I was considering taking them to the nearest seamstress and getting her to even them out while I had them on. This is so much easier!

Clarissa Henderson
Clarissa Henderson
8 years ago

Oh my goodness! This is one of those tips that makes you think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” But hey, I’m glad that you did! Thanks for sharing.

8 years ago

Chiming in with the same thoughts as everyone else… so simple, so awesome, and something I would surely never have thought of myself :p


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