There are lots of options for finishing the free edge of a flounce, but not all of them I like. Sometimes the inside needs to look as neat as the outside. For my current project, OK - one of my current projects, the one in emerald silk georgette, I'm getting all couture-y and sewing a hand rolled hem. I like the finished effect which is invisible from the right side, and and visible only as a fine edge on the reverse:
It's a little fiddly, and at one hour per flounce it would multiply the cost tenfold from a garment costing perspective, but this one's just for me. Plus it means I have a reason not to go outside and do the paint-stripping!
I did it like this:
I found it easiest to hold the edge like so - with my thumb folding the edge of the chiffon over slightly, and my outer fingers holding the other end with a slight tension:
Pick up one thread, and then the edge of the fold with the needle, here's a closer look:
|I've taken a bit much of the fold here, it's best to take a bit less than this|
and draw the needle and thread through:
You can do one stitch at a time, or stitch a few:
and then draw up the thread - as you do the fabric rolls over nicely to form a hem enclosing the raw edge and your thread:
You can leave the hem rolled or press it flat- and I'm not sure which way is 'correct". Rolled it gives a bit of body, but I pressed mine flat as I found the edge of the georgette draped better. It is going to be the edge of the flounce on this top from Burda August 2009 so it needs to drape symmetrically, hopefully:
I've cut the whole top double thickness with the hem on the fold, and I think I will just bag the whole lot out. This is a good top to use up this fabric remnant that I've had for a long time - ex bridesmaids dresses 2005 to be precise!
Have any of you already made this one? Or the long sleeve version?
By the way I've made a new rule: If I use up two pieces of stash, I'm allowed to buy one new piece of fabric. How
coincidental convenient that I've seen something I simply must have!