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Curve on a full gore hem -How is it done

caprice | Posted in Patterns on

Thanks for previous help!

For a very full gored skirt – How do I determine the “arc” on the hem.  How do I know how much of a curve to put on the gore hem?  Thanks. 

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    Are you designing the gores from an existing pattern? If you are slashing and spreading, draw a connection between the edges of each piece to form the hem edge. Do this without the hem allowance. Add that later. A french curve might come in handy here.If you are designing from scratch and measurements, use a long straight ruler (at least a meter), measure at the side seams and mark the length on the fabric. Put one end of the ruler on the waistline (again, don't add seam allowances here until later)in a couple of locations and mark the end of the ruler at each. And then connect the hem end marks. It doesn't matter if this is the length of skirt you want, once you have the marks it is easy to either add on or take off length.Hope you can figure out the explanation!

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Do you mean for cutting or for final fitting?I always cut generous lengths and then determine the exact curve by having someone mark a hem line while I'm wearing it. Then, depending on my bumps and curves, any hem will hang parallel to the floor and look good, even though it may not curve consistently when laid flat.

    1. jjgg | | #3

      Following along with Teaf's advice, and depending on how wide the gore is, it will have some areas that are on the bias, and some areas more on the straight grain. They will need to hang for a day or so before you can hem them.

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