Adding a Cuffed Hem to The Sabrina Slims Pdf Pattern by Love Notions.
I have made four pairs of The Sabrina Slims by Love Notions. I reviewed my blue scuba pair here but have also made a black ponté pair and a purple tartan ponté pair. I really love this pattern and thought that a stretch denim pair would be a good practical addition.
I bought my stretch denim from Pound Fabrics. They list useful information regarding the composition of the fabrics and I chose this particular denim because of the 2% Spandex content. It's described as: a medium to lightweight denim fabric with slight stretch across the width. The Sabrina Slims require fabric with at least 20% stretch and this denim had just enough.
The Sabrina Slims are drafted to be ankle length but I cut mine at the 30" inseam length with the intention of adding a cuffed hem. The pdf pattern includes instructions on how to add a zipper or split at the hem as well as pockets and a maternity version. I considered adding pockets to my Sabrina Slims but didn't like the way they are constructed - it's one big pocket bag that stretches from one side seam to the other - I thought this might add bulk across the stomach area.
Because I'd chosen to make the most simple version of The Sabrina Slims it's a very quick construction process. However, I did have to re-do the waistband. When I tried The Sabrina Slims on there wasn't enough stretch across the waist so I removed the Denim waistband and cut one out of some left over Scuba which was slightly more stretchy.
The simple steps I took to achieve a 2cm turned up hem without any stitches showing are:
Serge the raw edges.
Turn the hem up 4cm (wrong sides together) and sew close to the serged edge through both layers. Press.
Turn the hem up 2cm to the front (the serged edge stays on the inside). Press.
Stitch in the ditch at the side seams ( I hand stitched as the fabric was quite thick).
I'm really happy with my Sabrina Slims. I've been wearing them for a few days in a row now and the denim has relaxed meaning they are super comfortable while maintaining their shape at the knees and butt. They are such an easy practical pattern to have in my stash and I know I will continue to make more throughout the seasons. I've enjoyed wearing my denim Sabrina Slims with my Laundry Day Tee which is also by Love Notions Patterns.