How To Hem Up Dress Shirt

How To Hem Up Dress Shirt

This shirt is a little too long at the
bottom. I'll show you a couple of ways to hem it up. The bottom hem on men's shirts curves a great deal. I'll show you how you can follow the curve when you hem up. Another way to hem this shirt would be to square it off on the bottom, and I'll
show you how to do that at the end. Let's go ahead let's say we want to take two inches off the bottom of this hem. With chalk, just go ahead and mark two inches off all along the curve. Smooth out the lines. Now add a half inch all the way
along. Use a ruler if you need to cut along that second line you just drew. I like to use pinking shears. Now press that narrow hem down. I flipped the shirt over wrong side out, pressing down at the white chalk mark. When you get to the curves, this is when you're glad there's a chalk mark. Takes a little
doing to follow the curves. Just do the best
you can. In some places where there's fullness, just let it kind of wrinkle in. Before sewing, make sure it matches down here at the bottom by buttoning the bottom-most button, and you'll have your
answer. If it doesn't quite match, adjust with pressing. Now go back and tuck under that raw edge again to form your narrow hem and press. You could just go ahead
and finger press this down as you sew. You could, but I'm going to show you how
to get that narrow. Now don't worry about the imperfections of the turning under because this is the wrong side. This is
the right side and it has a nice curve to it, and the stitching will look really
nice. So when you prepared with accurate cutting and a lot of steam pressing, then
the sewing goes easily and quickly. You could just pin this into place, too,
about the pressing. Decide for yourself what's going to be
best for you. Get sewing along that curve. Check every now and then to see how
you're doing. Looks great. We're at the fullness of the bottom back. Just kind of
scrunch that fullness in, fold it kindd of taut and stitch. Because you're at the last of the
fullness, don't take this pin out until the last possible minute at the edge,
otherwise all of this fold under will pop out and be showing and you don't
want that. You want it to be flush right here. So let's see if we can do it. I have
to pull it out now, holding it with my fingernail. Not bad. It will look like it
needs pressing after stitching, so go ahead and press press. Okay, I figure that
if we're going to square off this hem, meaning we don't want to mess around
with those curves, that this shirt at the curvy part extends roughly two and a
half inches further than the side seams, and that's what we want to square it off
to, is the side seams. So I just kind of guesstimate – looks like three inches, so
to be safe I'm just going to cut off or measure two and a half inches. Let's see
how that works. Okay, I've marked in two and a half
inches and three inches. Eyeballer that I am, I'm going to match up this ruler with the bottom of the stitching at the side seam to my three inch mark
and draw my line. Then I'm going to draw my half-inch line
below it to completion. Looks like this is going to be well squared off to me.
This is how it ended up at the back, the other side, so we're ready to cut and
essentially do what we did for the curved seam, and that is press up twice
and stitch. All right, cut all straight across except for at the side seams.
Notice how it's still stitched as originally. Just leave that – I mean, unless
you want to undo it, you sure can – and cut it off even with the rest. But I myself
am just going to press it under, it will all be tucked so that when it comes sewing time, it's already there. Okay, well, this is where I'm going to leave you to do as
before. Go ahead and press that up once or twice, pin it, sew it straight across,
and you'll be good to go. A lot of times men opt to do it this way because
they're not going to wear their shirt on the outside of their pants, they don't
want all that extra curvy material tucked into their pants, so they just
have it off straight, square it off straight. So there are your two ways of
hemming a shirt. Good job!

7 Replies to “How To Hem Up Dress Shirt”

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  2. Hello! I'm at an intermediate level when it comes to hand-sewing and kinda a beginner with machines. Anyway, my father-in-law wants me to hem his dress shirt but about 0.5 inch to 1 inch from the last button = suggestions?

  3. This is super helpful! It's reassuring hearing about how you deal with the scrunched up fabric when trying to hem a curve.

  4. Love your videos. Spraying a little starch on that hem will make the folding easier for the novice… I also like to add a second row of topstitching at the lower edge of the hem. Prevents rolling and puckering when the shirt is washed.

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