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Support a Side Seam | Video

Threads Contributing Editor Louise Cutting shows how to maintain a smooth hip curve in skirts and pants. It is how she addresses the issue of a side seam collapsing toward the body at the hip, about 7 inches to 9 inches below the waist, at the junction of the hip and the upper leg.

This is not a fitting problem: Shaping the side seam to follow the exact body silhouette would result in unflattering bumps and bulges. A better solution is to add a stay along the seam in that area, to hold the hip curve shape.

Louise uses 1-inch-wide petersham ribbon, centered on the side seam and stitched to the seam allowance edges. This easy fix can be applied to a skirt you are sewing from scratch, or to an existing skirt, including ready-to-wear garments.


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Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, is a renowned designer and teacher. She focuses on industry sewing techniques that help home sewers achieve a professional result. In Volume 8 of her popular Industry Insider Techniques video series, Louise shares methods for improving your garments with precision construction tips, design ideas, and better closures. This volume includes the following 12 videos: Put a Dart on the Slant Reduce Pocket Bulk Trim a Dolman Sleeve Proper Corner…

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