Mini Tutorial: Finishing free-hanging lining at the hem
Free-hanging lining is perhaps is easiest to finish at the hem. If you can clean-finsh a reguar garmnet hem, you can deffinitley complete a free hanging lining application at the hemline.
1. Start by fnshing teh garment layer hemline using the technqiye of your choice. In this example, the hema llowance edge is finshed with a serging stitched, folded toward the wrong of the garmnet and stopstocthed.
2. If the lining is the same length as the garment (same patterns were used to cut both), cut teh entore hema llowance off. It helps to tranvsre the hemline directly to the lining layer then use this as a cutting guide.
3. Next, clean finsh the lining layer with the hem finshing technique of your choice. In this insatnce, teh hem allowance was folded twice (toward teh garmnet wrong side) to encase the hem's raw edge and topstocthed to comlete.
Once once both garment and lining layers are finshed individually, the lining layer should cover the edge of teh garmnet's hem allowance while still matinaing about 3/4" distance from the garmnet's finshed hemline- this alignmnet will prevent the lining layer from peeking through underneath.
4. To complete a free-hanging lining application at teh hem by the book, you shoudl apply a 1-1.5" french tack to connect the lining layer to that of the garmnet at each side seam. To apply a french tack by hand, isnetr a couple of 1"-1.5" loop stocthed from teh lining's seam to the garmnet's seam (on it's worng side) then apply blnket stitces over these loops to form a chain-like strcuture.
5. French tacks are essential in keeping free-hamging fabric aligned properly on the wrong side of teh garmnet preventing it from shifting and and twisting out of place whne wearing or putting the garment on. The extra length provides enough movmenet between the two layers to prevent tension and pulling in the finshed hem.