I had another lesson with Thea last night… We completed the muslin for my trench coat (Burda 03/09 #115) and I learned a new skill. Click on over to the Trench Sew Along for my post on the trench muslin.
My new skill? Hemming pants. Sounds simple right? Well it is. But I wanted to be sure I was doing it correctly. So before I butchered my suit pants on my own, I waited until Thea came over and we went through the process together.
Here’s what I learned:
- Measure both legs: One hip can be higher than the other, so just measuring one leg might give you uneven results even if you are exacting in your measurements. Mine had different measurements, so I’m glad that I waited to do this with Thea.
- Not all thread is created equally: On the RTW pants I was altering, the overlocked (serged) hem allowance was thin in thickness, meaning the threads didn’t create a bulky edge. The thread I bought for my serger, Maxilock, was thick thread and was definitely bulky when I finished trimming down the hem allowance. Now I will have to be careful when I press these pants so that the ridge from the overlocked edge won’t show through the pant leg.
- I don’t like my blind hem stitch on my Emerald 183: Well at least for fine garments like suits. I can see the tiny stitches on the outside pant and it bothers me. No one else would probably notice, but it would bother me to the point of never wearing the pants. Solution: hand sew the hems. Which is fine with me, since I enjoy hand sewing.
- That there’s always something to learn or a little trick of the trade with even the simplest sewing task: I’m so glad I waited for Thea to hem these pants.
For the next couple of weeks, I will be working on my trench coat pretty exclusively. There are a lot of great projects to watch unfold on the Trench Sew Along, so please check in on us.
Happy sewing everyone!