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Saturday, January 16

Vintage Book with Shell Hem Instructions

Page from the book Fabrics and Dress, copyright 1931.
I love the Shell Hem.  It is so dainty and sweet.  It is also a soft, comfortable and decorative way to finish the neck and armholes of a baby slip.  There are different methods of working the Shell Hem.  I use this method where two stitches are thrown over the edge of the hem to create the indentation or 'shell'.  I like it because it is sturdy and I like to do things the Old Fashioned Way. I have seen this method described in old books (like the one featured), although this book does not use the running stitch as I do.  The vintage Baby Gertrude Slips I have seen used this method done with the running stitch, same as me. Click here for a Lesson.


julia said...

I sometimes do the shell hem with my sewing machine. This is much prettier, of course!

Jeannie B. said...

I will do a post of the shell hem technique I do on my machine.It is almost a different technique. I love hand work.

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