Friday, March 22, 2013

Head Over Heels DIY Friday: Scallop Edge/Hem Skirt

Well, I've been really excited about all the cute spring trends I've been seeing lately... The sad thing is that there's still a foot of snow outside and it was 13 degrees this morning (barf).  If spring does ever get here- and I hope it does pretty dang soon- I know one trend I'm definitely going to shop for are some of these cute scallop edge skirts and shorts!  I'm loving them!!! Super cute, feminine, and fun right?

Since we're still in cabin fever mode I figured why not try to DIY it on this chilly Friday night?!? So, I did just that! Time for a Scallop Edge/Hemmed Edge Tutorial, here we go!

I had an old black skirt from Forever 21 in my closet that I thought I'd give a scallop hem DIY a try on.  I figured if it didn't turn out well I wouldn't be mad at ruining an old skirt that I hadn't been wearing, and better yet maybe I'd wear it after making a fresh alteration! 

I started by removing the existing stitched hem using a seam ripper.  Once all of the hem stitching was removed, with the skirt right-side out I turned up the bottom edge of the skirt about four inches and pressed it with a hot iron.

Then it was time to make a template for the scallops.  I wanted to have three scallops on the front and back so I measured the distance across the front and back and divided by three.  Oddly enough, one of our small pots was the perfect size! I traced the circle edge onto some cardstock and cut out the template. 
I lined up the template with the bottom folded edge of the skirt and traced the scallops with sewing chalk.  Then it was finally time to sew- let me warn you this is the tricky part! It wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be.

I set my machine to the smallest stitch length to ensure the hemmed scallop edge would be crisp when turned right-side out.  Then, all I did was follow the traced chalk lines sewing very carefully and SLOWLY.  It's very important to guide the needle carefully so that your scallops will look consistent and round.
After finishing all the stitching, I cut the excess fabric off leaving 1/8" seam allowance.  The last step was turning that bottom scallop edge right side out and pressing the seams with a hot iron for a clean finished look. 

Here's how it turned out, certainly gave that skirt a whole new look and feel!  Loving the scallops, I need to do a pair of shorts next!

You already know I'm Head Over Heels for the scallop edge trend but are you too? 

What about the scallop hem tutorial?  Will you give it a try?

I'm hoping to actually do some work on my closet/dressing room this weekend.  Hope the weather cooperates because I needs to spray paint some accent furniture for the space...  Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Love it! IL just got a wave of snow, so I will be doing this project to think spring!


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