A Very Twirly Knit Dress + Super Easy Way to Hem a Circle Skirt.

Hello Readers!

Today I get to share with you my first post as a Cali Fabrics contributor! I primarily sew for my daughter who I affectionately refer to as #thespiritedone, (she has a love for life unlike any I’ve ever known, so it was just fitting).  When I came across this beautiful Floral Rayon Stretch Jersey Knit, I envisioned instantly a Riley and Brooklyn pattern mashup for her; both PDF patterns from Made for Mermaids. What I adore most about this pattern mashup is that it not only is it a quick sew, but it make for a very simple and classy dress.

Check out the video clip below and you’ll understand why this stunning fabric was perfect for a super cute dress with a mega twirl factor! The drape and softness is absolutely yummy!

I really do love the vibrant colors of this knit, I may have to order some for myself!

Riley & Brooklyn Mashup PDF Patterns by Made for Mermaids sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com for Califabrics BlogRiley & Brooklyn Mashup PDF Patterns by Made for Mermaids sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com for Califabrics BlogRiley & Brooklyn Mashup PDF Patterns by Made for Mermaids sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com for Califabrics Blog

According to her, the bigger the twirl, the better the dress, who can argue with that right?

Riley & Brooklyn Mashup PDF Patterns by Made for Mermaids sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com for Califabrics Blog

She loves circle skirts, and honestly, I didn’t enjoy hemming them until I tested a PDF pattern that taught me this super easy and foolproof way to hem a circle skirt.

FOOL PROOF WAY TO HEM A CIRCLE SKIRT

Step 1: Decide how big you want your hem and stitch a basting stitch by using your longest stitch length all around your skirt. Do not back stitch at the beginning or the end.

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Step 2: Gently pull and remove the bobbin thread (the back thread) from all around the skirt.

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Step 3: Fold over using the top thread as your guide and iron down. I like to use spray starch here to create a crisp and neat hem.

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STEP 4: Once you’ve ironed it all around, take it your machine and finish the hem. After you’ve finished your hem, be sure to remove  your top thread guide!

And that’s it! Super easy right? And honestly, I’ve used this method to hem almost everything now, it literally cuts my time in half.

Thank you for stopping by today! You can also pop on over to my regular blog Candice Ayala and say hello! Talk to you soon! xoxo – Candice

Riley & Brooklyn Mashup PDF Patterns by Made for Mermaids sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com for Califabrics Blog

Candice Ayala, from Sewing Portfolios

Wife. Mom of 2. Sewing Blogger & Owner and Creator of www.SewingPortfolios.com

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8 thoughts on “A Very Twirly Knit Dress + Super Easy Way to Hem a Circle Skirt.”

  1. What a fascinating method! I wouldn’t have thought you could pull the whole bobbin thread out without disrupting the top thread in at least some spots… neat! My preferred method is to serge the edge with a slight gathering stitch, and then the edge just *wants* to fold up as a hem. I bet our two methods together would be even better!

  2. @gilliancrafts thank you!! Hey, I’ve never tried that….I’m gonna try it and let you know! Bet that could be an update 😉 Thank you for stopping by!

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