Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Maxed Out 3

Hello Refashion Co-op. I have been working through a series of maxi-skirts and dresses recently. This one was nice and I liked the material. It was light and delicate and I thought it was very pretty. But it was designed for someone much taller than me. The under layer was a great length on me. I decided to shorten the sheer over layer so that it was just below the opaque under skirt.

I cut the skirt and tried to make it as even as humanly possible. It was a soft polyester that would fray. It needed a new hem. I decided to try something different.

I used a lighter to melt the edge to make a very light hem that wouldn't weigh the skirt down. I just brushed the flame against the raw cut edge of the fabric. This fused the edge with no sewing. It made a very light weight hem. I set up a safe area to use this technique and had a fire extinguisher on hand.

I really liked how the skirt looked when it was finished. 

Thanks for reading, for more details and pictures of the process I used and the safety precautions I took, go to I Can Work With That.


Sandy said...

You can also use a soldering iron or stencil cutter for this. I do it alot for the wearable art gowns I do.
Sandy in the UK

whatthesew said...

What an ingenious technique. Those fabrics can be so difficult to hem.

Chickie Walsh said...

Thanks for the comments. I think there is a soldering iron in the garage somewhere.

Amy Jo said...

Good idea to melt the hem! I think your skirt looks great at that new length. That's a very good improvement over the original design.