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Quick DIY: Scalloped Hem Skirt two Ways

DIY Fashion Jul 19, 2016

DIY Scalloped Hem Skirt

Trends that I’ll love forever? Scallops are definitely up there. Whenever I see something with scallop detail I can’t help but do a double take – in a world of trends that come and go mighty quick it’s rare to find something that continues to hold me attention like that! And they’re such an simple detail to what’s in your wardrobe.

I’ve already experimented with shoes, and so we thought this time we would apply the idea to skirts. Bearing in mind that many of you have asked for projects with different variations (particularly more work appropriate ones), here’s two ways to do it.

These were the skirts we found at a local thrift store. As you can see they are super basic which makes them the perfect base for a little before & after action.

DIY Scalloped Hem Skirt

You need:

  • Rik rak trim (about 2m each, depending on how wide your skirts are)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine and thread

How to:

1. Shorten the skirt to the desired length (if at all). For the navy skirt we made it 45cm (18 in) long from the waist and added 2.5cm (1 in) for a hem, we cut the lining 1cm shorter than the finished length of the outside shell to prevent it from sticking out.

2. Fold and pin the hem in place, then sew to secure. Do the same with the hem of the lining.

3. Cut two rows of rik rak trim matching the circumference of your skirt hem. Pin the two rows together to create a wider trim by slightly overlapping the edges.

4. Use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to join the two trims together at the overlapping edges.

5. Pin the rik rak trim in place on the skirt so that the curved edges hang over the edge, creating a scalloped hem.

6. Using a straight stitch, follow the curve of the top edge of the rik rak and sew to the skirt.


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