For an dressed up look, add a scalloped edge to your basic garment. Scallops are great for that jacket, dress or top you are making for the special occasion in your life or a pretty party outfit.
It is easy to add scallops at hem edges or faced edges.
Think about the bottom of a top, jacket, dress, skirt, pants or sleeves. How about at the front edge of a button-up front of a garment. Or, make scallops at the outer edges of rounded collars or shawl collars or around necklines.
Sew an outside facing with a topstitched scalloped edge, too.
Put them on pockets and pocket flaps.
Now, don't go crazy and put scallops too many places on the same garment or it will scream "homemade!" Choose one or two places like the bottom of a full sleeve and the bottom of the hem of the garment.
Here is how to make a scalloped edge
First determine how wide and deep you want the finished scallops to be. Use larger scallops on larger areas like a skirt hem and small ones on a child's collar.
Example: I wanted to scallop the hem edge of a plain old tank top like Kwik Sew 2498. The finished width was 42 inches around the bottom. I decided I wanted about a 3 inch wide by 2-1/2 inch deep scallop which would give me 14 even scallops around the hem.
This is the hardest part. You don't want to end up with part of a scallop. Try to make them come out even.
Once you calculate the size of the scallop, draw it on a manila folder or lightweight cardboard.
I usually draw just one and double check that it will work on my garment OK and will come out even.
Then, draw three or four scallops together to make a template out of the manila folder or cereal box cardboard. This will aid in tracing and pressing the scallops.
What You Don't Do
What you don't do is cut the scallops in the fabric before your sew the garment. Be patient!
Use the following sewing technique to sew a perfect scalloped edge.
Prepare Folded Edges
My tank top pattern called for a 1 inch hem. I added another 1-1/2 inch to the length at the bottom to give me a 2-1/2 inch hem allowance to make the scallops.
Press and pin the 2-1/2" hem edge up to the right side or outside of the garment. That's opposite of what you normally do. You are actually putting the two right sides of the fabric together.
Prepare Stitched On Faced Edges
Lay the facing on the garment as if to stitch it in the normal way with two right sides together.
Collars and Pocket Flaps
Place and pin two right sides of upper and under pieces together.
The bottom line is the two right sides are together.
Mark the Scallops
Now, lay the bottom curve of the cardboard scallop template 1/4 inch up from the hem fold or from the stitching or seam line on the collar or facing.
Draw around the scallops on the fabric with a fine marking pen or chalk.
Move the template around the edge to draw all the scallops.
Sew the Scallops
Set your sewing machine for a short stitch length of about 18 stitches to the inch or 1.5 on some machines.
Start stitching on the outside curve of one of the scallops.
Stitch to the inner point, stop, needle down, raise presser foot, pivot, lower presser foot, take 2 short stitches across the inner V, stop, needle down, raise presser foot, pivot, lower presser foot, continue stitching to next inner point, etc. You know the routine.
When finished stitching, press the stitching on both sides of the garment to meld the stitches.
Now, with small, sharp scissors, trim the seam allowance around the outside of the scallops to only 1/8" from the stitching line. (That's why you used short stitches. It will hold!)
With trimming so closely you will not need to clip the curves. You may need to very carefully clip in a tiny bit to the points. Be very careful.
Turn the scallops right side out.
Slide the cardboard template inside the scallops to help shape them evenly.
Press the scallops with the cardboard inside. Some people prefer to use the single scallop pattern to do this. Others use the full template
Remove the template and press the fabric again.
Repeat this procedure around the scalloped edge.
Finish the hem with hand stitches or machine blind hem or fuse in place just as you normally would.
Press well .
You Just Made A Perfect Scalloped Edge
What do you think of your scallops? Aren't they elegant?
More Ideas for Scalloped Edges
Scalloped edges are beautiful in home dec items. Think about making a scalloped edge table cloth with matching napkins or placemats or pillow cases or even pillows. What lovely gifts.
Sew perfect scallops. It just makes sense!
Let me know how you liked this sewing technique and how you used it.
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