DAY 2 | LA BREA VIEW A BASIC BODICE
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.
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.
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!
Press seams to the back.
Match up the short ends of the waistband, right sides together, and stitch at 1 cm (⅜") seam allowance.
Trim seam allowances and press open.
Fold the waistband in half along the length, wrong sides together, aligning raw edges. Press.
Fold one raw edge in to the wrong side by 1cm (⅜") and press.
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.
Gently stretching the waistband, just enough so the tee lays flat, serge or stretch stitch around the waistband at 1 cm (⅜”) seam allowance.
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.
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.
Edgestitch or stitch in the ditch, catching the folded edge of the waistband on the inside.
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.
That's a good place to stop for today. On Day 3, we'll bind the top edges and finish the shoulders.
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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