The Easiest Way to Hem Tulle Layers Evenly All At Once!
May 15, 2015 in Tips & Tricks
Hello hello! How are we doing? What are you all sewing these days? Any of you in a season of sewing for a wedding?? My sweet 4 year old is a flower girl in 3 weddings this year, so, be on the look out for some fun flower girl dress tutorials!! If you need one in the mean time, here’s a pretty peplum flower girl dress tutorial!
Onto the subject matter! Many of you probably already know that you don’t hem tulle in the traditional sense (stitching a rolled hem or the like). You quite literally cut it off, as it has no raw edges that will fray. But, to “hem” tulle, can be overwhelming when it is many layers, not to mention, keeping it even while you are cutting! So, on a side note, I am consistently brainstorming the most efficient way to accomplish something (even more so since having 2 little kiddos). 🙂 I was about to hem yet another like 25 layer (over exaggeration) tulle prom dress, when a light bulb went on to do the following!
For the first part of this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do this technique if you are cutting the same amount off of the dress around the entire hem circumference. At the end, I’ll give you some ideas for if you need to cut more off of the front than the sides and back (or the like).
1. Mark where the new hem needs to be. Hem the fabric/lining layer. Then, go ahead and pin all of your tulle layers together.
2. I needed to take 3.5″ off of this little flower girl dress, so, I made a little mark on my machine with a permanent marker (which comes right off with a cotton ball and a small amount of nail polish remover), but, if that is horrifying to you to mark on your machine, maybe try tape? 🙂 Regardless, mark exactly from your needle to your mark. So for example, I needed to cut 3.5″ off of the tulle, I marked that little line exactly 3.5″ over from the right side of the needle.
3. Then, with your sewing machine, baste the tulle layers together, lining up the tulle edges with the mark you made in the last step.
So, that works great for flower girl dresses and dresses that just (luckily) need the same amount cut off around the entire hem. However, in my experience, especially with teens and adult women (where we have more hip and bum than our former child self), often times we need more cut off the front than the back (or the like). When you are marking the hem (dress on the wearer), just use straight pins and mark as much as you can around the entire dress (pinning all of your layers of tulle together at the same time). You might pin all of the seams together first and then, pin in between. Pin horizontally exactly where you will be cutting off. Warn the wearer to be careful taking the dress off! Then, as you are sewing your basting line with your needle in the center, just follow the pins, taking them out as you get close to them. As you take your pins out, draw your eyes to the next pin and keep steering as straight as you can to the next pin. If you want, you could have her try the dress on again to make sure your line matches up with where you want to cut. When you’re confident, cut! 🙂 Reinforce your seam allowances where you cut.
The dress below shows very uneven layers, so, I just went by the top layer.