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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Trim seam allowances to half the width.
Carefully snip at the curve of the underarm (being sure not to clip through your stitches), and press seam allowances to one side.
Turn tee so right sides are together, press seams again.
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.
On each armband separately, match up short ends with right sides together and stitch at 1 cm (⅜”) seam allowance.
Trim seam allowances and press open.
Fold each armband in half along the length, wrong sides together, aligning raw edges and notches. Press.
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”).
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.
Trim seams to 0.5 cm (3/16").
Press the armband away from the tee (be careful not to press away the folds you created in earlier steps).
Folding the armband along the creases created in earlier steps, pin enclose the raw edges of the arm opening.
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.
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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