Thursday, 17 January 2013

Why straighten up, when an asymmetrical hem will do?

Sometimes having things a little out of whack is so much more fun than having all your ducks in a row. Take this asymmetrical hem tutorial from the queen of DIY over at a pair and a spare, Geneva Vanderzeil. It’s completely off kilter, but oh so gorgeous!

You’ll need:
  • An oversized skirt with a zip in the back (rather than the side) – look for one that is at least 1.5 times the size of your waist.
  • Scissors
  • A needle and thread (and sewing machine if you want to change the length of the hem).

First cut the skirt to mini length and hem it.
Now put the skirt on (In this example it has been hung on a hanger so you can see clearly) and wrap it around yourself like a kilt or a towel, doubling the excess fabric over at the front.
Pin the folded edge to the front of the skirt, but first put it on a diagonal angle so that the hem drops down to create the asymmetric shape.
Finally, iron and stitch the top edge of the folded section to the front of the skirt, leaving the side edge free to allow for movement. Just make sure to create a clean line along the waistband.

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