I recently completed this dress, but was confused by the directions for the hem, which just say, “hem is left raw.” I’ve never come across that instruction before and am mystified on what would prevent the hem from fraying (which indeed it already has started to do). I would really appreciate advice from anyone who has made this or a similar draping dress before as to how I should handle the hem. Btw, in case it matters, I used a pebbled poly satin for the dress. Thanks!

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/cowl-neck-dress-072012

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    Apr 29, 2013, 01.46 AMby arisaid

    I would hem it Carefully! I. Overlock then turn under and twin needle or 2. roll hem it. Try both on a scrap of fabric first though.

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    Apr 29, 2013, 02.43 AMby Onel

    Yes, I was thinking of trying a rolled hem … I’ll give that a shot – thanks!

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    Apr 29, 2013, 08.45 AMby sewingfan1

    Some patterns leave a raw frayed hem for effect (you’d need to do a small zigzag stitch close to the edge to prevent it fraying too far especially if it’s a fabric that frays easily). Sometimes they leave a raw edge as it’s made with a fabric that doens’t fray at all (like jersey fabrics and some wools) and it just looks neater and is simpler to not hem it.

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      May 1, 2013, 03.01 AMby Onel

      Good to know about the small zigzag. Thanks!

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    Sep 16, 2013, 03.17 PMby francesca penchant

    I bought this dress pattern, too. I think the reason that you don’t have to finish the edge of the fabric is because it’s cut on the bias! Believe it or not, woven fabric cut on the bias doesn’t fray much at all—which is why sewers use bias tape to finish edges.

    Here’s a blog post about bias cutting. It mentions that it doesn’t fray: http://bagntell.wordpress.com/bias-cutting/

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