LA BREA tee | Sew Along Day 4

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

 

Welcome to Day 4 of the LA BREA tee Sew Along! Today we will start on our View B of the LA BREA tee pattern. We'll be using a woven, as suggested by the pattern instructions. But remember - the pattern is drafted so that you can use a knit or woven for both views, so you get to choose. Let's get started!

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 back at the neckline.

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

If working with a shifty or loose weave fabric you may wish to stay stitch the neckline.  Stitch from the shoulder seam to the center neck

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

 

STEP 2
In the following steps we’ll be sewing using french seams.  Alternatively you could stitch, right sides together with a 1 cm (⅜”) seam allowance, then serge or use another seam finish.

For french seams pin front and back, wrong sides together, at shoulder and side seams.  Match underarm and shoulder notches.

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

Straight stitch shoulder and side seams at 0.5 cm (3/16").  Hint: If your machine has trouble getting started with the narrow seam allowances you can put a piece of tissue paper under your fabric.  The tissue paper will easily tear away after your seam is stitched.

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

Trim seam allowances to half the width.

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

Carefully snip at the curve of the underarm (being sure not to clip through your stitches), and press seam allowances to one side.

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

Turn tee so right sides are together, press seams again.

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

Straight stitch the side and shoulder seams again, using a 0.5 cm (3/16") seam allowance. Turn right side out and press enclosed seam allowances towards the back.

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

 

STEP 3
On each armband separately, match up short ends with 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 each armband in half along the length, wrong sides together, aligning raw edges and notches. Press.

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

Fold one raw edge in to the wrong side by 1 cm (⅜”) and press.  Repeat for the other armband.  Hint:  If you stitch at ⅜” from the edge of the armband you can use the stitch line as a guide for turning up the edge  1 cm (⅜”).

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

 

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

 

STEP 4
With the tee right side out, place one armband around one armhole, right sides touching, so that the raw edge of the tee aligns with raw (not folded under) edge of the armband.

Match the notch of the armband with the shoulder seam and the seam of the armband with the underarm seam of the tee.  Pin around the arm opening and stitch at 1cm (⅜”) seam allowance. **Note the notches on the cuff pattern piece were corrected after release.  If your notches do not align you can ignore the shoulder notch and just align cuff evenly around the arm opening.

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

 

STEP 5
Trim seams to 0.5 cm (3/16").

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

Press the armband away from the tee (be careful not to press away the folds you created in earlier steps). 

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

Folding the armband along the creases created in earlier steps, pin enclose the raw edges of the arm opening.

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

Edgestitch the armband side of the seam (1.5 mm to 3 mm or 1/16” to ⅛” from the seam).  Repeat for the other armband. Press your finished cuffs.

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

 

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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