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What type of fabric will work

cycler1729 | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I saw a someone wearing a pair of loose fitting cropped slacks (very slightly flaring out) and I noticed that the bottoms weren’t hemmed.  (She walked by me several times so I was able to look closely at the slacks.)  They appeared to be a silky type of fabric and I don’t think that it was a jersey.  What type of fabric do you think this was since the edges were perfectly even – no curling or fraying – that didn’t need a hem to look finished? 

I love the idea of an unfinished hem on a lightweight fabric since it’s very hard for me to get it perfect (and I don’t own a serger).



  1. user-51823 | | #1

    what did the surface "finish" look like; dull, smooth, shiney etc?
    i've seen RTW made of sueded rayon and also synthetic sudeds that appear to have a die-cut edge, or possibly a cut and burned edge. search this site for burned hem; there was a discussion about it a few months ago.

    1. cycler1729 | | #2

      It was matte and smooth (it was olive green and had gold threads running through it but not allover).

      It was very lightweight and draped beautifully - it wasn't cotton or jersey - it might've been rayon (but the rayons I remember used to crease badly).

      (Now this was the time to be carrying a digital camera!)

      I guess I'm just wondering what summer weight drapey fabrics might work unfinished at the edges.  

      1. user-51823 | | #3

        the sueded rayon could fit your description. it is not as heavy as most faux suede and drapes like silk with lovely body and spring. but i've never seen it with metallic threads... hhmmmm

  2. Crazy K | | #4

    I have seen (and used) 'slinky' fabric that didn't have to be hemmed, however, they recommend making your garment and then letting it hang at least overnight before cutting it to the proper length as it 'grows' from the weight of itself.

    Anyone else used this fabric?  I remember it being very difficult to work with but made for a nice garment that needs very little care and wouldn't wrinkle if you paid it!


    1. solosmocker | | #5

      I also agree its "Slinky". I have also heard about just cutting the edge for hems, as much as that goes against my grain! I have a few pieces in my stash but haven't gotten up the chutzpah to cut into it.

      1. cycler1729 | | #6

        Thanks!  I saw someone else today wearing another pair of the same style (different color) and these definitely looked like a jersey.


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