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Last we have edge finishes and hems. These are the hardest for me because my project is basically finished now, and I can try it on. It’s hard for me to push through to the end and completely finish.
Edge Finishes (Both edge finishes I show you today that I did on my necklines are stretchy and open enough to still have nursing access.)
1. Attaching ribbing. Ribbing is technically a kind of fabric that you can use, but you can also use the same fabric you made your dress from. Now I’m going to tell you a secret about ribbing that I wish someone would have told me when I first started sewing. Something I didn’t learn in any sewing classes and had to research online. When using ribbing, cut it to be 2/3 the length of the original edge. For example, my neckline was 24″. I cut my ribbing 16.5″ long, .5″ for seam allowance. The width of my ribbing was 1.5″.
Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Sew it into a circle.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Divide your circle and your edge into 4.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

With your right side facing the wrong side of your edge, match up the four pins. Pin in between pins stretching to find the middle.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Sew with a zigzag and stretch as you sew.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

It should look like this. The raw edges are on the outside.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Fold over the unattached edge 1/4″, the same amount as the other raw edge.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Fold it down so that the fold covers up the stitches. Pin.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Sew with a slight zigzag or a double needle. The finished product should look like this.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

2. I finished my other dress with fold-over elastic. It is something extra to buy, but I really, really like the look of it. It’s really, really easy to sew also. I got mine at SewZanne’s Fabrics. I’ve never found it in a physical store.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems


Hems
For a more in-depth look at hemming knits, check out Made By Rae’s Hemming Knits.
1. The very easiest hem to do would be to leave it raw. I left my gray skirt raw because I cut it out smoothly, and I wanted it to be very soft and flowy. (All other hems make the fabric a tiny bit stiffer.)

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems
2. Another easy hem to do is to sew with a zigzag. Some people don’t like this look, but I thought it went well with the overall dress. It is probably the softest hem besides a raw hem. (Don’t mind my yellow bobbin thread.)
Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems
3. Sewing with a double needle. This is the closest you can get to a manufactured look. It looks very nice, but I have found it to be pretty stiff. That might be a user error though. This is pretty easy to do too. (I did serge this end before I sewed with a double needle, but you don’t have to.)
Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

4. A really easy hem to do without a special needle is to attach a band. To find the how much fabric you need, measure the circumference of your hem and add seam allowance. Find how long you want your band, double it and add seam allowance. My skirt hem was 79″ and I wanted a 3″ band, so I cut out two pieces that were 40″x14″.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Sew your band into a circle. (Don’t mind my splotchy fabric. I was in the process of dying it to match my dress.)

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems
Fold your band in half and divide it into four and mark with pins on the raw edges. Divide your hem into four and mark with pins.
Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Match up the pins: raw edges to raw edges. Pin in between pins.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Sew with a zigzag all the way around.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

It’ll look like this when you’re done, but don’t forget to iron! I ironed mine, and it looked so good.

Maxi Dress Week Day 4: Edge finishes and Hems

Author: Heather