Sewing Fishing Wire Hems
I definitely can’t call myself an expert on sewing fishing wire hems; or even sewing with formal type fabrics. But I did want to share my first try with this technique. I’m hoping to make million dollar, title winning pageant dresses in no time. If that doesn’t work out, they will make dandy Halloween costumes and dress up clothes! This post isn’t a how-to. Just my experience so far.
So this is the corset and cupcake skirt. I have used boning in all the corset seams to help it keep it’s shape. I haven’t added grommets yet; and really…I’m scared to. I used a light interfacing, which I suspect isn’t strong enough to hold metal grommets. Since this dress was “practice”, I’ll be keeping it around to try different hem techniques and design experiments.
Below, a close up of the skirt. (Sorry for the hasty phone pics!) Fishing wire is fed into the rolled hem, creating the curly effect. I will write more about that process when get it right. I learned from this skirt that 40 lb fishing wire is great for catching fish, but for seriously curvy hems you need 100 lb weight wire. There isn’t much online about sewing fishing wire hems; but I have read that you can boil or microwave the wire to get an extreme coil. I tried both with 40 lb, and it didn’t really work in either case. I think heavier wire and letting it “set” longer will get me the desired effect.
I had lots of hemming issues. The rolled hems on the white fabric are all crazy. I’m going to dig for my rolled hem foot and play with it. I’ve never tried it before! The hems on the blue charmeuse are wack-tastic too. I’m considering rolled hems or bias tape next time I hem a curve. I was taught that rolled hems were wrong except for sheers and delicates, but I’ve seen very nice, professional looking rolled hems on pageant dresses. I found a great tutorial at Sew Can She: How To Use A Rolled Hem Foot.
Now I’m working on another formal dress. I’m going to try my hand at stoning a gown with crystals. I can’t wait to learn everything and bring you some tips!