What a feelin' ... it's the comeback of the Handkerchief Hem!

OK, say "handkerchief hem" to most people and they will wrinkle their noses and sing something from "Flashdance". But I started seeing them everywhere, now and again just turned a little and called sharkbite hems. I was intrigued by the playful style with its beautiful movement. The pattern designer in me started dreaming of a new pattern and this is what I made.
Photo by A Hope and a Wish Photography

I added a second layer for modesty and extra poof, and ran with the romantic theme by adding a lace-up bodice and big sash bow that also serves to fasten the shoulder straps. So if you've been wanting to know how to sew a handkerchief hem, or needed a handkerchief hem dress pattern for your little girl that could be worn without leg warmers and an off the shoulder sweatshirt, here you go. I hope you love it as much as I do.

And because if I had a dime for every time I've been asked what fabrics I used, I could outfit my entire town in legwarmers, they are Michael Miller's Sweet Flower Fairies Roses print and Kaufman Pimatex dots in Sky.

You can purchase my Fairytale Dress handkerchief hem dress pattern in downloadable PDF format at www.tiedyedivapatterns.com.

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