In our demonstration, we show you how to sew horsehair braid to straight hems, curved hems and also go over lace hems. You can see my example here for a simple skirt with a curved hem. The fabric I used is a lightweight, silky polyester that’s great for draping styles but in this skirt it just kind of lies flat and boring. Now add the horsehair braid and the bottom bounces to life and gives it more flounce and lift. You’ll be surprised at how easy horsehair braid is to use.
How can you get full-looking vintage style skirts without all the petticoats? The secret is horsehair braid. Don’t be turned off by the strange name. While, historically, it may have at one time been made out of real horse hair, these days this hem stabilizer is normally made out of nylon or polyester. I purchased mine at my local fabric store by the yard and it’s polyester and washable, which is always a plus. Horsehair braid can come in different widths and, when added, to your hemline will take your skirt hem from flat to fab. The hem will stand out further away from the body and create a more stylized finish. It’s perfect for circle skirts, vintage style dresses, garments that need some shape and even in wedding dresses. Horsehair is used often in formal and special occasion dresses, like wedding dresses, when you use softer fabric but you still want it to have some shape at the bottom of the dress.