I recently made Solandra a sweet bell sleeve dress in bright colors.
I love the way her dress turned out! The sleeve was easy to complete, but there's one caveat: it's made from a circle! If you're using a knit that won't ravel and can cut a perfectly even edge, there's no reason for a hem. But this knit did ravel, so I needed a hem. After playing around with some ideas, I found the perfect solution to hemming this circle cut: fusible tape. I prefer to use Stitch Witchery in a narrow width. Sometimes I even halve the tape (using my rotary cutter). Now here's I did next.
- With a steam iron, I turned up a 1/4" edge all around the hem. I pressed lightly all around.
- I carefully inserted 1/4" stitch witchery or other double sided fusible tape into the hem seam.
- Then I pressed without moving the iron back and forth.
- Using a stretch stitch, I stitched the hem seam. Hint: the fusible tape will keep the fabric from stretching. Some touch up with the steam iron should help release any wrinkles. If you have trouble stitching neatly, stop and use a walking foot.