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Mitred corners are the diagonal seams at the corners of a hem, example being on a blouse with side slits. Read on to follow our instructions to sew mitred corners…

On hem and slit edges, press raw edges of fabric to wrong side, approx. 5 mm (3/16 in) wide.

Step 1

Step 1: Turn hem allowance up and mark pressed hem edge allowance on allowance at edge of slit (wrong side of fabric), with tailor‘s chalk (1). Turn hem allowance down again.

Now also fold allowance on slit edge to inside and mark pressed edge on hem allowance. Open slit allowance out flat again.

Step 2

Step 2: Connect both marked points and corner of hem with a straight line (2).

Step 3

Step 3: Fold fabric at corner so that hem allowance lies on allowance at edge of slit. Pin allowances together along the marked chalk line and stitch together (3).

Step 4

Step 4: Trim away corner, leaving a seam allowance of 5 mm (3/16 in). Trim lower end at an angle (4). Smooth allowances open with your thumbnail and press.

Step 5

Step 5: Turn hem and slit allowances to inside. Use a pin to carefully shape the corner. Baste allowances in place (5). Press edges. Stitch allowances in place, working from the right side the of fabric.


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    Mar 15, 2017, 06.28 PMby nrobson

    Thanku for this! Ihaven’t tries this yet xx

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    Mar 13, 2017, 05.19 PMby vincyrose92

    illustration is prefect

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    Mar 12, 2017, 03.51 PMby Kena Lindsey

    I have tried to understand how to do this technique many times. This really helps

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    Mar 11, 2017, 03.55 PMby mkeys10

    Thank you! This illustration is prefect. I’ve seen it described in many patterns, but the steps didn’t make sense.

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