Curved hems can be pesky even at the best of times, but what about when you need to achieve the most flawless, elegant, lightweight hem you ever did see? The answer is an ultra neat and narrow hem...
This technique is simple and straightforward in theory, but requires a few extra steps to get it as accurate and perfect as possible. Mostly great for sheer and delicate fabrics (but the same also applies to heavier, more stable fabrics too) when you want to reduce bulk that would weigh down your hem, or bunch up while trying to ease in the excess around a curve, and wind up with a hem that is both practical and neat as can be.
Run a line of wide machine basting stitches 1/4" from the raw edge of your hem. No need to backstitch here - we'll be removing these stitches later.
Use that line of basting stitches as a guide along which to fold and press your hemline in.
Stitch this first fold into place about 1/8" from the fold.
Trim away the excess from the raw edge, getting as close to your stitches as possible, 1/8" away is ideal!
Now fold and press the hemline in again, this time about 3/8" from the first fold, or even a scant 1/4" depending on just how narrow you want/your pattern requires your hem to be. Pin into place to secure before stitching...
Stitch your hem into place 1/4" from the folded edge, or stitch by hand with a blind slip stitch.
Remove your basting stitches, give your hem one last press, and you're done! Teeny weeny, neat and tidy, no frills hem perfection!