The Dulcie Pinafore - Tutorial: Hemming the Skirt

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In today's little tutorial, I'm going to be going through how to hem the Dulcie Pinafore! Again, it's one of these things that looks more complicated than it is. So, here we go...

You'll need:

  • Your Dulcie Pinafore, constructed up to hemming the skirt (using the included instructions)
  • Pins + iron


1. Open out the skirt facing and press the raw edge of the entire skirt hem up by 5mm (3/16").

2. Flip the skirt facing around so that it is now right-sides together with the main skirt front (keeping your baby hem pressed up from the first step). Pin in place.

3. Stitch your facing hem in place using a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance, back-tacking at each end.

4. Trim out the seam allowance from the inner front corner, leaving a centimetre or 2 (3/8" - 3/4") of the facing remaining at the outer edge.

5. Turn your facing back around so it is now right sides facing out.  Press the corner of the skirt out gently with something pointy (a knitting needle or a point turner can be handy here!).

6. When you turn your facing out to the right side, it will naturally bring up the rest of the skirt hem with it. Press the remaining skirt hem up evenly (1.5cm or 5/8") and pin in place. 

Remember, your baby 5mm (1/4") hem from step one should still be folded in place!

7. Leaving long thread tails at each end, stitch your hem in place right at the edge of the baby hem folded up in step 1. Pull thread tails to the back and knot securely before trimming.

And you're done! Easy, huh? And such a lovely clean hem and skirt corner :)

You can purchase your Dulcie Pinafore Dress pattern here.

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