I then asked her about blind hems, mine do not look so blind. So today, thanks to Edith, I learned how to do a blind hem by hand. Do you remember this dress? Well, the hem never looked quite right to me. You could see the hem, which is something you don't want with a blind hem. The reason for this was, I collected too many threads, thinking it would hold the hem up better. The result was a blind hem that wasn't blind. She showed me that I only need to pick up one thread, not two or three. For a video on how to do a blind hem by hand, check it out here.
|Here is a close up, I hope you can see how I am catching the fabric and then the hem tape to make it appear blind from the other side.|
|Above my thumb, you can see the threads that make the stitch, I will be making a stitch every 1/2 inch all the way around.|
Edith also gave me another good tip that I wanted to pass on to you. She always adds a whole inch to the side seams all the way down. She told me this has served her and her customers well over the years. This is not for a shoulder seam, just the side from the under arm down to the floor. This insures that as the body changes you can make adjustments to your beloved garments.
Also, she gifted me with some fabric she has collected over the years. I have already started making plans for them.
Have a wonderful vintage day!