Hemming Chiffon

My teenage daughter chose a full-length chiffon gown for her prom. She is only 5'1" tall, so of course we need to hem it. HELP! What is the best way to go about hemming chiffon and other slippery fabrics?


First the bad news: chiffon has got to be the most difficult fabric to work with. But the good news is that once you have accomplished this task, everything else will seem easy by comparison. Back in the middle of the last century, a wide hem was used for sheers but nowadays, a tiny rolled hem is preferred. It's probably easier to construct a rolled hem but it leaves little room for error.

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Barbara Stone
Barbara Stone is the owner of Barbara Stone Designs, a full-service tailoring and dressmaking business at 5200 Churn Creek Road, Suite P, Redding, CA, 96002. She can be reached at (530) 222-1340 or [email protected]
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4 Responses

  1. zuzu says:

    I liked the comment about "bouncing" as you are right that often happens but does chiffon always need a serger? Could a mock serge stitch from a sewer do the job as well? Thanks, Barbara.

    • Barbara says:

      I don't know what other stitches would work in place of the serger. You could experiment with scraps and see what gives you enough of a "lip" to turn, without bunching the fabric.

      There are other ways of hemming chiffon. You can also use a small straight stitch, about 3/8" from the hemline; trim the excess; then roll your hem.

      Or if you want to get retro about it, you can do a 3 or 4" hem! But you have to be pretty exact about it because it really shows.

  2. thank you for your tip…I had to hem a chiffon skirt for a neighbors bridesmaid dress. Your tip IRON ABT 1/4" was the trick….turned out perfect….I don't have a roll foot.used my reg foot and tiny sts….

  3. Mary C. says:

    Barbara Stone….you are my hero. I was asked to shorten a prom dress for a freinds neice and was scarred when I saw that it was chiffon. They prom is on Friday and I have been looking for info on the net for 2 months. They just picked it up and your method worked perfectly. I tripple flipped the serged hem and then sewed it very slowly. The young girl was thrilled and I was amazed at how good it turned out.

    Thank you again

    Mary C.

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