Both fitting and sewing hems properly and professionally are the best ways to make clothes feel and look good. This applies whether you have made them from scratch or if you have purchased ready-to-wear. There is more to hemming than meets the eye though and as sewing enthusiasts, we have the advantage and skills to fine-tune our garments and look a cut above someone who doesn’t sew and isn’t able to make those adjustments.
There are industry standards for determining hem length and I learned these standards while doing a two-year apprenticeship with a tailor from England. This article will detail those standards and explain the reasoning behind them so that you can better decide if you’d like to use them or not. After all, the first rule in fitting is always to defer to personal preference!
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