DAY 3 | SIDE SEAMS + FINISHINGS
written by Jennifer Marques
Welcome to Day 3 - the final day - of the boat neck ANEGADA sew-along! Sew the side seams, finishing off the sleeves and bodice, and either hem the sleeves or attach the arm- and waist-bands. Then you'll be done!
Step 6: BODICE
Turn your garment inside out. Pin the sides together from the base of the bodice, along the underarm and to the end of the sleeve on either side of the garment.
Serge or stretch-stitch together, starting from the bottom of the sleeves on both sides.
View A: go to step 7A
View B: go to step 7B
Then fold the cuff/band in half, bringing the ends together, and make a small snip in the seam allowance to mark the mid-point.
Now unfold and, with the cuff/band lying flat, bring the ends together, right sides of fabric together. Pin and stitch or serge, to create a tube.
Fold again along the creased line, wrong sides of fabric together.
With the cuff/band laying so that the seam and the snip line up, make two more snips, one at either side, in the seam allowance so that there are 4 equally spaced markings.
With your garment right side out, place the cuffs/band around the sleeve/waist, right sides together and seams matching. Use the snips as a guide to pin around the sleeve/waist at equal intervals.
Gently stretching the cuff/band so that the sleeve/bodice fabric lays flat, slowly stitch the cuff/band to the garment with either a stretch-stitch or serger. Press seam allowance toward the bodice.
(Optional) Just under the rollover, pin from the sleeve seam to the neck opening (about 3 or 4 cm). Sew, using a stretch stitch. When finished, the raw edge will roll back over the seam.
Step 7B: HEM ARMS + WAIST
Turn your garment right side out. Fold 0.5 cm (¼") of the hem allowance at the sleeves and the waist toward the inside of the garment so that wrong sides are together. Press. Fold up another 2 cm (¾") at the waist and 1 cm (⅜") at the sleeves. Press and pin.
Using either a narrow zigzag, a stretch stitch or a double needle, hem the sleeves and the waist of the garment.
And we’re done!! I hope you’ve found this sew-along fun and useful. Now it’s time to wear your boat neck ANEGADA with pride! If you share your awesome new top on social media, please be sure to tag us! @halfmoonatelier #boatneckanegada
Jennifer Marques resides in Atlanta and shares her sewing journey on her blog, Jenny.Maker. Disheartened first by the struggle to find clothes that fit, then also by the conditions in which many garments are made and the environmental impact they have, she has been sewing much of her wardrobe for the last 8 years. She hopes by sharing her love of sewing, high-quality garments, and natural fabrics, she’ll encourage others to take the first steps toward ethical fashion.
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