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A raw hem

a raw hem

It’s interesting how often trends are repeated. We are back in a season of raw hems on denim, and i’m not gonna lie, I really like it.

I apologize to my dad – i did infact pay for jeans with ripped holes in the knees. I know. I could have done that myself.

a raw hem

But sometimes trends that seem a little strange can work to your advantage. My original Brumby skirt sample has been worn to death, but something I really hate was that since it was once of the first samples i made, i had lazily used white lining. I know you can’t see this in any of the marketing images, but i know it’s there, and when i wear it it makes me agitated.

So i decided to make myself a new denim Brumby skirt… exactly the same as the original sample except with a more appropriate pocket lining. You know what’s weird? sewing the exact same garment again hehe.

a raw hem
a raw hem

When i got to the end i realised i had made a miscalculation in hem line. I had cut my skirt the exact length of my planned finished hem. Curses. Please pass me the award for stupid sewing mistakes.

I know i could have solved this by added a facing and the hem would have been fine (and i still can at some future date), but when i saw the raw hem all frayed up, i decided to just go with it.

And i must admit, i really really like it! The raw hem has only improved with multiple washes, and i love how well it works with this skirt. If i change my mind in the future i know i can add a hem with facing.

a raw hem

Till then, i’m living up the raw hemline trend!

a raw hem

As to the rest of this outfit – if you’re a long time reader you’ll recognise it as this blouse (and this dress) . It’s a design that’s gotten a lot of love over the years, so i’m currently working on the pattern for it. YES! The fabric is from Potters Textiles in Perth and is sadly sold out. I’m hoarding the last few metres like a crazy lady! I’m thinking matching shorts are kind of a must.

About Author

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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8 years ago

aah yes I love the look, one can never go wrong with denim!

8 years ago

I love the raw hem for a summer skirt, this looks great! Your top stitching looks so good to, something to aspire to! I’ve just finished up my first Brumby and I absolutely love it,so much so that I’m about to wash the fabric for my second!