Last week, I bought this outfit off the dollar rack at Wal-Mart.
I loved the price, not the outfit. Seriously. Who wants to wrestle a 19 month old to snap all those snaps?! Not me! Still, I saw the potential in it and bought it.
Wanna see what my tutorial pictures really look like before I edit them?
This is my #3, Deege. (pronounced Dee-j…and that’s just his nickname.) Isn’t he a cutie? :)
Oh yeah. Onto the tutorial…
This is a tutorial on a basic hem that can be used on a shirt, skirt, dress, shorts, pants, pillowcase, or whatever else you have that needs hemming. Ready? Ok.
I started off by taking a shirt that already fit Monkey and measured it to the romper. I cut it about an inch longer so that I had enough fabric for the hem.
Then I serged around the bottom of the shirt. I threw the legs of the romper away. You could save them for another project if you wanted to.
See that lovely serged edge? I heart my serger! I didn’t have to do this since the shirt is knit. It wouldn’t have frayed, but why miss an opportunity to spend time with Juki?! If you don’t have a serger and the fabric is something that will fray, zig-zag around the raw edge.
Once your raw edge is taken care of, measure and pin the hem into place. You could also measure and hem again (with the raw edge sewed completely under) just to be sure you don’t have any fraying.
Use a straight stitch and a matching thread to sew your hem into place. I could have stopped here, but the shirt sleeve hems were double stitched, so I went around another time, just so everything would match.
If you’re sewing with knit, it will stretch a bit. I rest a warm iron over my seams to shrink it back into place. Don’t use a back and forth ironing motion, that won’t help the stretching.
Look at that lovely serged edge! So pretty…sigh…
…and the shirt is done! It’s about a million times cuter, now, too!
My oldest (Jingus…another nickname) looked at the shirt and said, “Wow, Mom! You can’t even tell that that shirt used to be ugly!” Best.Compliment.Ever!!
See how cute? Oh goodness. Isn’t he yummy?! I think so, too! :)
Not bad for a buck, right?!