At the end of January, one of my co-workers asked me to hem a cute little dress for her. It was just below her knees and she wanted to wear it for her birthday and a night out on the town, so she wanted it to become a mini. Not “church appropriate” was her exact description.
The day came that I actually remembered my measuring tape and pins, so after work she stood on a chair and we measured off where she wanted the hem line.
Me: Are you sure? That’s REALLY going to be short, especially when you put on heels. (She forgot them.)
Her: Yes, I WANT it short.
Me: But…the length you want is a tunic, not a freaking dress. You’re going to show off all your business.
Her: I’m sure, that’s where I want it.
Me: OK …hussy (followed by a long drawn out sigh) and a lot of giggles.
As I mentioned before I am new to sewing and my friend Tammy has been teaching me in our free time. So, I loaded up my machine and went to her house for a hemming/sewing day. We also had plans to start working on some purple camo nightgowns…her idea, and the day was going to be full of girl time.
The dress was a polyester blend with a lining. Since my “client” wanted 3.5 inches removed, we made a chalk line at 3 inches and used a rotary cutter to trim the material. I’m now in LOVE with rotary cutters and never want to see another pair of scissors. (Tammy is the hand model in these photos.) I absolutely REFUSED to cut the fabric due to lack of experience and didn’t want to mess up the birthday dress. I’m a chicken ok? I also tried to talk Tammy into letting me hem it at 2.5 inches, but she stuck to the original number. I obviously was not going to win this argument.
Then, I measured out and chalked a line where the hem should finish. I did the same steps on the lining after I finished the outer shell.
Then I used a metric crapton of pins. It’s a real measurement, I swear! The fabric was very slippy and slidey, so it took all of those pens to keep it from flipping back. I only folded the material once because I was really nervous about the length. My co-worker and I are about the same height, and I kept holding it up and panicking because it was…A TUNIC.
Tammy started it off for me since we were using a brand new machine she received for Christmas. We tested it on scraps, but I wanted to make sure the material wasn’t going to slide everywhere and freak me out. I was quite anxious since this was not MY clothing.
I forgot to take photos of the final project, but it came out very nice and gave me a lot of confidence about hemming. I’ll be trying it on a project of mine I haven’t finished because I was scared of the hem.
I took it to her the next Monday. By Wednesday I had a text from her confirming everything was straight and she liked it, BUT her butt was hanging out when she sat down. She was embarrassed and was afraid I was going to be upset by it, so after we both confirmed neither of us were angry, I had to send a final message…
I TOLD YOU SO!!!!! 😛
Have you ever freaked out about a sewing for someone else?
Did they like the final project?