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This guide has been provided by Fabric Godmother an online store for dressmaking fabrics and patterns. 

 

How to sew a curved hem

 
How to sew a curved hem on a peplum top
 

I love the peplum trend that is about now. Making your own peplum top is easy but does involve a curved hem. Follow this simple guide for a smooth finish to your peplum when using a soft drapey fabric such as crepe or even weave.

This peplum top was made using Vogue Pattern 8815 & Hermione fabric. Find more fabric options on the Fabric Godmother site. 


How to hem a pelum top
 

 1) Make sure that the edge of the fabric is neat and that all seams match up.  Trim if needed.

Finger press the hem
 

2) Fold a small hem allowance and press into place.


Pin your hem into place
 

 3) Pin the hem into place. Because it is curved it will want to unfold but don't worry about that for now.

 

Sewing a small hem

 
4) Stitch close to the pressed edge.

 
How to sew a hem on a garment
 

 5) Trim off as much of the excess fabric as you can, trimming close to the line of stitching.

stitching a curved hem
 

6) Change your stitch to a long stitch size and stitching another row of stitching just outside your first row.

 
Finished curved hem
 
7)  Fold the hem over again, press and sew. As you go along, using a pin, every few centimetres pull one of the longer stitches you have sewn in the previous step. This will pull the curved edge in giving a nice smooth finish without curling.

The finished hem will look something like the picture above with a loop where you have pulled the thread every few stitches.

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