She’s always lamented the fact that she never had the time to teach me how to sew properly (and honestly, lately, that’s one skill I would love to have). The only thing she ever taught me to do was to hem something.
But I haven’t done anything like that for years, and when it came time to buy Caitlin (the 11-year old) her new school uniform, I knew I was going to have to delve deep into my memory and recall Grandma’s instructions.
Because Caitlin is at an odd size at the moment. She can fit into kids’ sizes, but ALSO an adults (UK) size 8. But of course the adult sizes are way too LONG for her, even though they fit her around perfectly. I had to chop off about 4 inches on the legs of her new uniform pants to get them to fit her properly.
And while I do own a sewing machine, I don’t actually know how to use it. Hubby bought it for me a year and a half ago, and I’ve just never been able to figure the thing out. So I had to sew by hand.
Because these are pants that are going to see a LOT of wear (they’re the only pants she has for her uniform at the moment; secondary school uniforms are hella expensive, so we’re starting out with the bare minimum – we’ll get her more pieces as she needs them), I wanted to make the hem seam as strong as possible. I have hemming tape that I could have used alone, but instead I decided to put that over the seam. Honestly, it looks a little sloppy on the inside, but it looks pretty good on the outside, even if I do say so myself. And honestly, it’s the outside that people are going to be looking at. The only way someone is going to see the hem job is if Caitlin takes them OFF.
It took me a lot longer than I thought it would, but I think that is partly because I’m so out of practice. The last time I hemmed anything I was in high school. (Grandma was making me a skirt and decided I could do some of the work, too.) Caitlin tried them on last night and said they fit her perfectly now. I was slightly concerned that I was going to mess up and end up with one leg shorter than the other, but they came out quite nicely, I think.
Yeah, it’s not exactly a big deal, but considering how sorely lacking I am in sewing skills, I’m still proud of it. 🙂
(The pictures came out a little fuzzier than I would have liked, but that’s the best I can do with MY camera. Hubby has a MUCH better camera [professional quality; though bottom-of-the-line], but he guards that thing with his life.)