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I am consuming the fabrics that I bought on the meeting trip, one by one, from top to bottom of the pile. I made a skirt in this peppermint blue fabric which probably consisted of wool/something synthetic blend.
I thought this was an ideal fabric for a skirt when I bought, since it was soft, and seemed creating beautiful drapes. To say more, I found that any crease could not stay after the hardest grasp in my hand, even for a moment. It just seemed so suitable for a skirt (at that time).
Oh yes it is Crease-Less!
The worst part of everything about it was that I didn't remember that ironing this fabric would be a nightmare. Crease-less means no-neat-pressing when sewing, how can I forget it?
Anyhow I forgot it.
It was so quick to have this skirt almost done, but I had to have long 3 days of thinking about the relationship between a clean hem and the character of creaselessness.
I did almost everything that I could imagine, but it was very difficult to get a nice hem on this skirt because I couldn't press. The fabric was completely ironing-resistant. It also hated invisible hand stitching. It frayed soon after cutting. It disfavored the heaviness of a facings on its hemline. I had no hope on hemming it!
I then went for looking for a matching braid for the hem. I couldn't find anything nice.
Said that, I now have a solution as you see. I'm happy with what I did!
I ended up with 1) overlocking the raw edge of its hem, 2) putting a narrow tape which was cut in bias in the same fabric onto slightly lower but almost over the hemline, 3) double stitching the tape onto the skirt, 4) and loosening the edges of the tape to give it a "fringe look".
I didn't need hand stitching, ironing, or facing. I got a look.
Best ending I could imagine!
pattern: TAMANEGI-KOBO Gemma (skirt, PDF pattern)
fabric: wool/polyester(?)/viscose(?) woven, soft, tweed-y, crease-less in peppermint/blue.