What is a Flounce Hem

A Flounce Hem is a ruffle which is quite wide, and used below the hem of a dress or skirt. It is generally about 5cms to 7cms in width and wider than the ruffle hem usually seen. The word Flounce is derived from the French word “frounce” which means a pleat. In fact, a Flounce Hem happens to pleated in the upper portion when it is stitched on to the dress.  The Flounce gives ornamentation also to the dress to which it is hemmed on The Flounce itself used to have different forms over the centuries.

It is a popular way of dressmaking for women and has been in vogue for many centuries. The late 17th century and early 18th saw frilled sleeves very popular among women those days. The frill is also a form of Flounce. The popularity of the Flounce Hem reached a new high during the mid 19th century. It was during this period that large hooped skirts made their entry and became very popular.

In those days the width of the Flounce Hem was used to be much higher. A width of 38cms to 50cms used to be very common. These were very generally used in Ball gowns being used by young girls. Pretty girls wearing the gowns with the Flounce Hem and dancing used to be treating for the eyes, with the Flounce fluttering as they danced.

Flounce Hem ornamentation to your attire and gives delicate movements of the dress while you are walking. Therefore, adding a Flounce to your skirt or dress makes for eye catching of the dress and also to the person who wears it. Flounce Hems are used not only in dresses but in lingerie also.

With the lingerie’s segments of women’s wear going through a fashion revolution, new and attractive designs are being brought out. Many of the designs add Flounce Hems to the lingerie, giving it an attractive look. Though it appears quite simple it has been found that making a Flounce Hem will need a lot of skill and experience for the sewer to make it look good so that people are attracted to it.

There are two or three different methods of getting Flounce Hem done. But it needs careful cutting of the material for the Flounce, without making any mistakes so that there is accurate alignment with the dress when it is sewed on to it. Many sewers do the pleating on the fabric by hand before being stitched on to the dress. This is a very difficult work because the pleats will have to be spaced evenly without any difference in width.  

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