3 Tips for Sewing Perfect Skirt Hems

Tips for sewing perfect skirt hems
Hemming a skirt can be a tricky task. How do you know what the perfect length for you is? How do you ensure you will have an even seam all the way around? Here are the top 3 things you need to remember when sewing skirt hems, plus one crucial tip to always keep in mind!

Skirt with hemming questions

Find the right length. I like to try my skirt on and pin up the front a bit so I can see exactly where it looks the most flattering on me (and makes me look the tallest!). This will be your starting point.

Step 2 for sewing a skirt hem

Grab a buddy. Using your hem tool (and a buddy), find a step stool, ottoman, or dining chair that you can set the tool on.

Step 3 measuring a skirt hem

Measure, measure, measure. From there, you will need to measure down about 1” in order to have enough to fold the skirt UP to that new hemline.

Skirt sewing reminder

Happy sewing!

Related Video: How to Hem a Skirt

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14 Responses to “3 Tips for Sewing Perfect Skirt Hems”

  1. Barbara DellaBianca

    Don’t have a website.

  2. Charlene Fleck

    I think I would enjoy this

  3. Karen Boyd

    These are good tips for marking the length of the skirt. BUT sewing is also tricky unless it is a pencil skirt with absolutely no flare in or out. How about tips for that?

  4. Marjorie Peters

    The reason that skirts look shorter in the back (which is really LONGER in front) is that some of us have waistlines that are lower in front than in back because of our fuller tummy. Tie a belt around your waist and look sideways in a full-length mirror and you will see it. If you also tie a horizontal string around the mirror at the level of your waist back to use as a comparison, it is really evident. The place to make the length correction is where the problem is-- at the waistline. Take care of that and the hemline takes care of itself. I know that my front waistline is 2" lower than my back, so when cutting out my skirt, I cut it 2" lower in the front, tapering from the side waist seam. (Don't make a point at center front, just curve it so the front is more level.) Think about it! This also retains the integrity of the horizontal grainline at the hem, especially important if you are working with a plaid or horizontal stripe or pattern. I do the same for pants, avoiding that "pouchy" look in front. If I am doing a pattern that simply wants you to turn the top edge down to make an elastic band casing, I usually cut a separate waistband strip, cut away the waistband allowance off of the top edge of the garment, and apply the separate waistband.

  5. Judy Cates

    Where can I purchase a hem marker as seen in the video

  6. pkflory

    Thanks very much for the good tips. I’m a visual learner so videos are a great way for me to learn and remember.

  7. Lily

    What is the name of the tool that helps measure from the floor up as shown on the video?

  8. Marilyn

    Perfect skirts hems!

  9. Pam

    I've never measured from the floor to make the hem length correct in the back. Wish I had known this a lot of years ago. Thanks.

  10. Mary Green

    Be sure to wear the shoes you plan to wear with the skirt, especially if they are a heeled shoe. This is something I learned back in the 60's when I was sewing many of my own clothes