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