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weighted hemline

Ralphetta | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I have a couple of light weight ready-made tops that I don’t wear because they ride up when I raise my arms.  And, they are so light weight that they don’t fall back into place when I lower my arms.  They do not fit snugly around the hips and i think the problem would be solved if the hemline had more weight.  My first thought was drapery weights/chain.  Is there anything else that anyone has used to solve this problem?  Both of the tops are washable silk and I would really like to wear them.

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  1. regatta | | #1

    Weighted Hemlines

    Hi Ralphetta'

    In Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer she says that Chanel uses brass chains and round weights - other couturiers have weighted blouses with - wide hems - bands - bindings - embroidery - ribbon - braid trims - buttons - small glass beads.

      Hope this is of help.       Marika

    1. Ralphetta | | #3

      weighted hemlines

      Thanks.  I'd already decided that chain was going to be too bulky.  Maybe I can find a very thin, but heavy trim. I was hoping someone might know of something thin but heavy that I could thread through the hem.    Maybe I can use tiny metal beads...and be sure to stay away from magnets!

      1. regatta | | #5

        I recall that you used to be able to get a thin metal cord to weigh down curtains - looks much the same as I have for a plastic cord to open and adjust vertical blinds - might be worth checking out.

        Marika

  2. regatta | | #2

    Weighted Hemlines

    Hi Ralphetta'

    In Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer she says that Chanel uses brass chains and round weights - other couturiers have weighted blouses with - wide hems - bands - bindings - embroidery - ribbon - braid trims - buttons - small glass beads.

      Hope this is of help.       Marika

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    JunkQueen | | #4

    Me too

    I too have a blouse like that.  It's made of voile and floats like gossamer.  Well, that may be an exaggeration, but it does not hang like I want it to.  I've thought of threading twill tape through the hemline.  I've also considered retro fitting a rayon lining in it.  I agree that,while chains are perfect for wools and such, they would be far to bulky for such a sheer fabric.  I hope someone has a good solution.  I will be monitoring this thread in hopes of that.

  4. HelgaPataki | | #6

    get a bohemian style with beads or fringes

    might solve your problem?  I know what everybody means with the weights, but they could be kinda bulky and might be visible and not pretty.  & then you might have to conceal your weight and the weight might not balance well with the silk since silk is so airy and lightweight.  A string of beaded fringes might be prettier for you. 

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