April-backing-plate
April-backing-plate
Improve Your Rolled Hems
Improve Your Rolled Hems

Guarantee flowing hemlines that hang like a dream. Keen dressmaker Sarah Greeff has colourful memories of her first attempts at making a rolled hem. “I was first asked to make rolled hems for a colleague at Fenwick of Bond Street, a lovely Thai lady who h

Improve Your Rolled Hems Improve Your Rolled Hems Improve Your Rolled Hems
  1. Make sure your hands are clean and nails smooth. Check the needle is thin and sharp and use a fine thread in the same colour; a contrasting shade is used here so it’s easier to follow. Secure the end and run a medium length through your fingers to prevent slip knots, then thread the needle.

  2. After ensuring the edge is straight, fold over 5mm and press with your fingers. Use a pin to anchor one end into an ironing board. Slide the needle along the inside of the fold for 2cm. Take one-three threads (depending on fabric delicacy) 5mm below the fold, then continue for 6cm.

  3. Gently pull the thread tight so the fabric folds over itself. You can use damp fingers to roll the material first, then sew in the same manner. Make a couple of tiny backstitches on the rolled part of the fabric, slide your thread backwards for 3cm inside the roll, then pull and snip so that the end is enclosed.

fb-big twitter-big email-big pin-big

More Helpful Tips...

Shape Up Your Sleeves

Shape Up Your Sleeves

Give extra shape to frocks and tops with this handy sleeve enhancement. You can easily add interest to the head of the sleeve, and how it travels over the top of the arm, simply by using tucks, gathers, pleats and darts. Each of these will require a sligh

Perfect Your Piping

Perfect Your Piping

Add a luxury touch to collars, sleeves and hemlines. A little well-placed piping shows that you have added love to your garment. It’s that extra effort you put into defining a beautiful seam that makes an item special. To hand-make piping, buy cord in the

Know Your Overlocking

Know Your Overlocking

Get to grips with the best overlocking finishes for everyday stitching. The overlocker has a different feel to a regular sewing machine. The trick is to let the feed dog guide the fabric. Use your right hand to support the edge of the material, taking car

Master French Seams

Master French Seams

Get to grips with a clever seam favourite for a continental finish! French seams are common in clothes for children, where the skin is extra sensitive, as the inside is completely smooth. They also create a beautiful effect on structured garments, as they

Fix a Frayed Pocket

Fix a Frayed Pocket

A quick fashion fix with Amanda Bowden's classic miracle mend. The dread of torn stitching can be traumatic. Pockets are a common site of injury for catching on things, to say nothing of natural wear and tear as hands go in and out, and even the continued

Create Perfect Darts

Create Perfect Darts

Doyenne of DIY dressmaking, Sarah Greeff, on the perfect dart. I recently visited Bath and spent the morning at the Fashion Museum, my nose pressed against the glass, as I gawped at the construction of some of the more historical pieces. On closer inspect