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Tutorial: How to change a straight hem to a curved hem

Okay, I’m back today with the second part of my awesome aqua tank (fabric from Simply by Ti Fabrics) — turning the straight hem of the Only Tee (affiliate link) into a curved hem.

Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem

If there’s anything you take away by the end of this series, let it be this:  If anyone ever tries to sell you a pattern that’s just like another pattern except that “it offers sooooo many hem options!” you are perfectly justified in laughing in their face.  Changing a hem is absolutely one of the easiest hacks you will ever do!

But now down to business!  If you want to change your hem to a curved hem, you will need to make some small alterations to your pattern pieces.

Alter your pattern pieces:

1. Determine where you want the hem to hit — frequently this style of hem is a little longer than a traditional tee.  I decided to add 2″ to the front of my tank and 4″ to the back.

Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem
2″ to the front.
Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem
4″ to the back

2. Mark your extra length on your pattern.  Then use a French curve if you have one (if not, you can just free hand it) to gently curve the hemline up to the original side seam.

Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem
Front
Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem
Back

Sew your hem:

1. Typically hemming is my last step in constructing a garment.  However, with a curved hem, that isn’t the case.  Once you have the neckband attached, and before sewing up the side seams, turn the bottom of your shirt under and sew the front hem, followed by the back hem.

Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem

2. Sew the side seams.  Secure the end of your thread.  If you’re using a sewing machine, just backstitch.  If you’re using a serger, be sure to pull your thread tail back through the stitching to secure it.

3. Press well, and that’s it!

Creative Counselor: Straight hem to curved hem

Don’t forget that you can pick up the Only Tee (affiliate link) for 35% off with the code “B2B” and be sure to link up your basic makes here.

All fabrics in this post are sponsored by Simply by Ti Fabrics.

2 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to change a straight hem to a curved hem

  1. Ever since I discovered how amazing curved hems look on my body, I’ve been slowly changing most of my shirts to having either a shallow curved hem or shirt tail style hem, especially at the front. I think it is a bit of visual magic!

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