03 Jun Scalloped Edge Shorts
I learned something on this project that you may already know; scalloped hems look best on solids and pinstripes.
Lots of lessons in the post actually. When patterns go on sale I often buy them in a hurry, as I did with this Simplicity pattern.
Glancing over the photo I assumed View C was a scalloped hem variation. Would you? It’s not – rather a variation which simply shows a lace overlay.
The good news is Craftsy offers a free scalloped hem tutorial by Beth Galvin from Sunny Gal Studio which is adaptable to any pattern. If you’ve wondered what the secret was in sewing a scalloped hem, Beth breaks it down nicely.
I did not bring all of my sewing tools along to the beach and made do with whatever worked. Adding a scallop is much easier than I expected. Below is my experience but I encourage you to follow Beth’s tutorial.
I made a template.
After placing and cutting the scallop template on the fabric, the straight edge was turned in 1/4″ to the wrong side of the fabric.
Once the scallop was measured to the width of the pant leg, I stitched the ends of the scallop together. Next, the scallop was placed along the bottom edge of the pant leg.
I stitched around the scallops and pivoted at the points. How I wish I had used a thread with a little contrast!
Finally, the seam was trimmed, turned and hemmed.
The shorts are sewn in a home dec fabric from the Aubergine Home Collections Outlet on Johns Island, SC. While the fabric is not transparent, I lined the shorts to prevent stretching from the looser weave of the fabric, and to place a softer fabric against my skin.
I’m delighted to see scalloped hems back on the fashion scene! I’m determined to perfect this technique for adding a little polish to casual garments, and hope for a next time with my sewing tools in hand and a fabric that showcases this lovely edge 😉
Best wishes for a terrific weekend!