LA BREA tee | Sew Along Day 2

DAY 1 | Preparation (sizing + adjustments)

DAY 2 | LA BREA VIEW A BASIC BODICE

DAY 3 | LA BREA view A bias bound edge

DAY 4 | LA BREA view B basic bodice

DAY 5 | LA BREA view B bias facing + hem

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

written by Anemone (Anne) Harris

Today we're going to focus on getting the basic bodice of the LA BREA tee View A created. This is a bit different to a standard top as we will not be sewing the shoulders yet. Because of the bias bound edges, we'll be leaving those till tomorrow when we finish View A. 

 

STEP 1
Cut out pattern pieces and transfer markings using chalk, a wash out fabric marker or by making small snips within the ⅜” seam allowance. Mark the center front and center back at the base of the tee.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

 

STEP 2
With right sides together, underarm notches matched up, pin and stitch or serge at 1 cm (⅜”) seam allowance.  Alternatively you could sew the side seams using french seams (as shown for view B in this sew along).  Yes, you can have a beautiful french seam finish on a lightweight, low stretch, knit!

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Press seams to the back.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

 

STEP 3
Match up the short ends of the waistband, right sides together, and stitch at 1 cm (⅜") seam allowance.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Trim seam allowances and press open.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Fold the waistband in half along the length, wrong sides together, aligning raw edges. Press.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Fold one raw edge in to the wrong side by 1cm (⅜") and press.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

 

STEP 4
Place the waistband around the base of the right side of the tee.  Align the raw (not folded under) edge of the waistband with the raw edge of the tee. Match waistband seams to side seams and notches to center front and back.  Place a pin at each marking.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Gently stretching the waistband, just enough so the tee lays flat, serge or stretch stitch around the waistband at 1 cm (⅜”) seam allowance.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Here I used a narrow zig zag (1.5 mm width and 2.5 mm length) to allow a bit of a stretch in my hem band and avoid popped stitches.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Trim seams to half the width and press seams and waistband away from the tee.  Fold and pin the waistband along the creases created in step 3 to the wrong side of the tee, enclosing all raw edges.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Edgestitch or stitch in the ditch, catching the folded edge of the waistband on the inside.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Here you see I edge stitched with the same narrow zig zag to maintain the stretch in my waistband.  Your waistband my be a bit wavy but pressing with some steam will help remove the waves.

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

That's a good place to stop for today. On Day 3, we'll bind the top edges and finish the shoulders. 

 

LA BREA Sew Along | Anne of @sewanemone | halfmoon ATELIER

Anemone (Anne) is a lover of all things sewing and fabric and regularly tests patterns for halfmoon ATELIER. She lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and their two adorable and hilarious dogs. You can follow Anne’s sewing adventures on her Instagram account @sewanemone.

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