Stitching, some stitching, more stitching…

This week is rather unexciting, as it’s simply a lot of straight stitching. Two long side hems, two panels together, and one very long bottom hem. Eventually I’ll have to cut the waistband and attach it with some gathering but I haven’t even gotten that far yet.
I really do enjoy simply stitching, though. I find it very relaxing. I try to keep my stitches as even as possible, and where I can- as small as I can. For this skirt I’m experimenting and testing to see which will hold up the best: a line of stitches along the closest, furthest, or along the middle of the hem seam. Eventually, I’d like to have a double line of stitches along the closest edge as well at 1/2″ in along the hem. Having two rows of stitches will have to wait, and just one row will have to suffice for now.

Row of stitches fairly close to the edge of the hem
Row of stitches in the middle of the hem
Row of stitches towards the edge of the hem

So far, I dislike having the stitches at the edge of the hem, as some of the weave is uneven and jagged- this causes the stitching to end up uneven. Also, if both of the hem edges aren’t completely even, then one side sticks out and it looks odd on the other side.

the reverse side isn’t on the edge, it’s in the middle of nowhere.

So far I prefer stitching on the edge closest to the open edge of the hems. It gives me the straightest line. I’m unsure if it will be the strongest point to have hemmed at. I won’t know until I turn my skirt outside right.

Interesting Aside? I’ve gone through Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man2, and Thor so far just stitching this skirt. Just this skirt. Wondering how far I’ll get through the Marvel movies in Timeline Mode working on it…

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3 Responses to Stitching, some stitching, more stitching…

  1. Sisuile Butler says:

    It looks like that middle picture is a rolled hem. Are you doing that all the way around the skirt, or are you doing a simple folded hem?

    The other thing that might make your life easier is hemstitching- it’s a specific method of “invisibility” (only if you’re very careful, but “minimum visibility” is more accurate) doing a rolled hem. Once you get the hang of it, it is a lot faster than a small running stitch, because your stitch length is about 4x as long. If you’re not in a hurry. I may have one inch+ stitch length in my hem for my last Seamstress piece for two years ago. That I’m going to pull out and redo, someday.

  2. Elizabeth Vynehorn says:

    The handsewn seams are looking very nice! If you work with linen again in the future, I recommend finishing all seams so that the raw edges are tucked in and sewn down. Linen will fray when you wash it, and unfinished seams may eventually fall apart. Ask me how I know this! 🙂

  3. Kay of Tre Asterium says:

    Advice for next time: You can read this next week. Kay

    After my first pleated and gathered Elizabethan skirt I learned to always do the math and decide how big your pleats are based on waistline of skirt *Section by Section* and where you want pleats and where gathers along the waistline of the wearer. I have pinned skirt and bodice together to be sure I get the waistlines the same length, and all the side and back seams to match.

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