As much as I love a frill (and they don’t come much frillier than Celia!) sometimes I just want something a bit more simpler.
Just taking off the frill is a bit too simple though. Giving the hem a mitred corner gives a neat and clean finish to corners, and look great if they are top-stitched as well.
- Draw on the original hem line
- Add an extra 5cm on from the hem line
- Draw on the side seam allowance
- Add an extra 5cm onto the side from the seam line
- Mark the split to end about 8cm or 3” from the finished hemline
I wanted to sew the hem by top stitching 4cm away from the finished edge to give a border to the hem and split, I thought it would look quite neat to have the split sewn with a gable (or point) above it. So I drew on the top-stitching line and created a gable over the split so the point of the gable was 4cm above the end of the split. I could then trim off the excess paper to give me the shape I needed.
Follow this tutorial on How to Sew Mitred Corners. Then, once the corners are completed, give yourself some guidelines for the top-stitching.
The hem and splits once sewn need a really good press – use a pressing cloth and plenty of steam if you need to.
This is a very straightforward pattern hack to achieve and I hope it shows how easy it is to adapt a pretty simple pattern to include a few interesting details.
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