May 27, 2011


Can you believe it? Today is the last day of the Ginger Sewalong. It's been a crazy two weeks for me. In fact, Mr. S called and he wants his wife back, so I'm glad that today is the last day of the construction posts. That said, I had a lovely time organizing this and helping you bring to life the art of sewing. Hopefully that's what I've accomplished. There is so much to learn, but hey, you have to jump in somewhere, right? I also want to give a HUGE Thank You to Tasia, Sarai, Casey and Gertie for participating and giving us their insight, inspiration and expertise! Can we all give it up to them please. They are swell ladies and I've so enjoyed emailing them behind the scenes.

One more thing - Next week we'll celebrate all our hard work and have a Ginger Party on Thursday, June 2. You've still got plenty of time to finish or even start and finish your Ginger before then. Please be sure to enter your finished creations into the Ginger Sewalong Flickr Pool too.

OK, let's get to the hem. The pattern does a fabulous job of how to sew up the hem, but I thought I would walk you through how to mark your hem if needed. On me, the Ginger skirt goes a little low in the back and is a little high in the sides of the hem portion. To even things out, I have this handy dandy contraption, which I scored off ebay awhile back. However, not everyone has one of these and they aren't the most accessible thing to get (the mini skirt versions, at least).  So I thought up a way of how to do this on the cheap.

First of all, you'll need to let your skirt hang for at least 24 hours. You'll need a yardstick and a helper. I used Ms. Prism for this example, but you'll want to be wearing your skirt and having your helper do the pinning. Mr. S does the pinning for me with hems and he's actually quite good. You'll need to nail your yardstick to the wall - now days you can usually buy one that already has a hole in the top and just hang it on the wall with a nail. Have your helper help you determine where a good hem length will be for you and factor in your hem allowance. Mark this on the skirt. Now, position yourself up by the side of the ruler and have your helper determine where the mark falls on the yardstick and have them start pin marking your skirt all the way around. To do this, you'll will need to move in a circular motion all the way around until the whole skirt is marked. Does this make sense? Not hard really.

Once you've finished marking the skirt, take it off and now you'll need to trim off where the pin marks are and then you're ready to hem up your skirt according to the pattern directions.

Friends, this has been crazy fun. I hope you've enjoyed learning a little more about sewing (hopefully this happened) and I really hope you enjoy your new skirt. I seriously look forward to seeing what all of you have come up with. I'll be back next week with both of mine in tow and a few extra surprises too.

Happy Hemming!

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