7 April 2013

Miette: How to Hem the Skirt

Miette skirt - easy sewing pattern for beginners

Last step in making our Miette skirts - hemming!

Catching up? Order your sewing pattern and read up on the previous steps in the sewalong.

There are various fancy ways of sewing a hem - the method I’m going to show you is super simple for beginners...

The skirt is 57cm (22 ½in) in length from waist to hem, with an extra 2.5cm (1in) hem allowance. You might want to shorten it if you're little like me (that's not me in the photo, I'm much more mini!!). Pin the hem up by 2.5cm (1in), try it on, and adjust to your preference. Once you’re happy with the length, press the hemline to mark it, and trim if you need to. Make sure the back openings are exactly the same length.

How to hem the Miette skirt - Tilly and the Buttons

Fold the raw edge under by 12mm (½in) and press. Then fold under another 12mm (½in) along the hemline you pressed earlier, press again and pin in place.

Little tip - if you place the pins in the direction shown in the photo above, it'll make it easier to whip them out by the pin heads as you're sewing :)

How to hem the Miette skirt - Tilly and the Buttons

Stitch the hem in place close to the inside fold, removing the pins as you go.

Miette skirt - easy sewing pattern for beginners

Give everything a good press, and you’re done! You’ve made a super lovely Miette Skirt!

I'd LOVE to see your finished skirt. Share your pictures on Instagram, tagging us @TillyButtons and using the hashtag #SewingMiette so we can find it! Alternatively you can email us a photo. We'll share some of these pics in the Maker Gallery on Pinterest.

Just catching up? Download the pattern and take a look at the previous steps.

23 comments:

  1. I must say I'm really tempted to try this since you gave such detailed instructions and this skirt looks super cute.

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  2. Hi Tilly!

    This is really complimenting a 'sewing storm' happening in the UK right now... and helped by yourself in the #GBSB :D

    Congratulations!


    Bundana @
    http://www.bundana.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely a sewing storm going on - hooray!

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  3. Hi Tilly

    Congratulations on the two patterns! I've got the Mathilde blouse on my to-do list and am looking forward to sewing along with you using the blog posts.

    I was just wondering, when are you going to resume normal blogging? Whilst I enjoyed the Mathilde sew-along posts, the recent Miette posts so soon after are starting to feel like one continuous advertisement for the pattern. I appreciate you'd like to sell patterns, given all the work that goes into creating them, but the recent posts have done nothing to maintain my interest in your blog.

    Remember the good old days when you posted about finished garments and we got to drool over your beautiful work and inspired fabric choices? They were the days :)

    Sincerely
    Nancy

    PS Keep up the good work on the GBSB

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    1. Hmm... that’s funny you should say that, as I’ve actually posted more finished garments in the past few weeks than I have ever done before!

      I don’t consider this post an “advertisement” – it’s a tutorial as part of the online pattern instructions and Learn to Sew posts. While you're looking forward to using the Mathilde instructions, the people making the Miette are using these posts to help them sew.

      Just to manage your expectations though, I am going to continue to write about the sewing-related things I’ve been working on, including patterns – it’d be a bit daft if I didn’t!

      That's a shame to hear you’re no longer interested in my blog, but these practical tutorials are the most popular things I write and encouraging people to learn to sew is a core part of what I post about. Oh well, you can’t please everyone, and the beauty of the blogosphere is that, if you don’t like this blog anymore, you don’t have to read it - there are plenty of other sewing blogs out there... or you could consider contributing something yourself? :)

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    2. Even though I don't plan on sewing this particular skirt, I find these posts wonderful. Sewing can be very overwhelming and your amazing instructions and photos will help many improve their skills. I look forward to more patterns and more educational posts like these. These are a must have for visual learners like myself. Keep up the fantastic work!

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  4. I love this skirt Tilly. The sizing is a bit small for me though!

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  5. I just watched GBSB and really enjoyed it - the time constraints of each challenge were really tight. It doesn't quite sit right with me, I mean the show isn't looking for the next Saville Row tailor, is it? As a home sewist I rarely have 3 hours in a row to sew - I tend to break my projects up into smaller blocks of time, fit between other commitments. It means I come back to a project fresh and I make fewer mistakes. I dunno, perhaps I've missed the point. In any case I can't wait for the next episode.
    Btw Tilly, you (and many of your co-contestants) have very expressive faces!

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    1. That's true - I certainly learnt a few tailoring tricks from Patrick's feedback! And returning to sewing from the comfort of my home, with loo breaks, was a relief!

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  6. i adore this pattern. so fantastic. your taste is spot-on. just wondered if you had a second for a couple of questions. 1.) i have this rather bold buffalo check that i don't exactly feel like matching for the pockets - do you think it would work to stick inseam pockets in? i can't tell from the pictures where the side seams sit on the body. 2.) as a woman with a curvaceous derriere, any hint as to how the wrap around will sit on the body? i have seen a whole lot of behind the scene shots, if you know what i mean. i'm worried that it will lie diagonally or have one part of the hem higher than the other. any thoughts? my measurements are 34 waist and 43 hip.

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    1. *have not seen, that is*

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    2. Hi Jes, there are side seams so in theory you could add side seam pockets. I haven't tried it myself, but why not give it a go and you could always unpick them if they don't look right.

      Your waist to hip ratio is in proportion to the pattern sizing, so I'd imagine that the skirt would look fine from the back (my hips are a larger size than my waist size and it still looks fine). There's a picture of Oona's skirt from the back on the maker gallery. If you're worried about the hemline balance, you could always cut it a little longer and adjust as necessary.

      I hope this helps!

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    3. Thanks for the reply, Tully. I'll dive in and see what happens. :)

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    4. Tilly! Auto correct is not my friend.

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  7. Can't wait to get started!!
    Lauren x

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  8. Hi Tilly, I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for The One Lovely Blog Award/Very Inspiring Blogger Award. My apologies if you've received it before, but I love your blog and I wanted to reflect that with my choices.

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  9. I want to make this in Pink and trim it with yellow and put Pinkie Pie's cutie mark on it!! Or should I trim it in dark pink? The possibilities are endless!

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  10. Tilly, I just wanted to say that I thought I couldn't sew for toffee but I have just finished my Miette and feel such a sense of achievement! While my effort wouldn't make the Great British Sewing Bee, I love it! It fits! And I now want to make others in different colours and prints! Thanks for putting up such detailed and easy to follow instructions.

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  11. I've just finished my Miette and I love it! I was brave and used a decorative top stitch on the pockets and hem and I'm so chuffed with the results! Thank you so much for such a detailed and user friendly pattern, I'm sure this will be the first of many. I've posted lots of my pics on my Instagram. http://instagram.com/p/s5PQFJrW_r/
    http://instagram.com/p/s5OkfcrW-T/http://instagram.com/p/s5Oa27LW-E/

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  12. Hello Tilly,
    I'm in love with my Miette skirt and my Mimi blouse :) I give you the links, maybe you like to pin them?
    I've got the German version of your book, CONGRATULATIONS Tilly!!! It's so lovely. So much inspirations and everytime I read in it a sort of "I need to go to my sewing machine immediatly!" feelings comes up in me, pure motivation :)

    So here are the links: http://www.dickmadamme.de/2014/09/retro-rock-miette-rums.html
    http://www.dickmadamme.de/2014/09/bluse-mimi-rock-amy-rums.html

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  13. I finished my first miette last night and for a complete novice I am really pleased with it. I feel like it was a great tester because I can already see where I can learn from. I think my fabric was a little too heavy and my hemming wasn't great but it's all a learning curve and I can't wait to improve. I've got my eye on the coco dress when I feel more confident. Thanks for all your fantastic instructions!

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  14. Hello Tilly! Just finished my skirt last night and I love it….thank you so much for the detailed tutorial :) it was super helpful and I look forward to making up a dozen more of this skirt lol…..with cute tights and boots for fall and winter I think its a perfect outfit….thank you again

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