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 bodicde
DAY 5 | LA BREA VIEW B BIAS FACING + HEM
written by Anemone (Anne) Harris
Welcome to Day 5 - the last day of the LA BREA tee Sew Along and the day we finish on our View B of the LA BREA tee pattern! Once you've finished this one, you'll likely want to plan a few more LA BREAs, mixing up the different finishing techniques to create a whole wardrobe of lovely LA BREAs like I've done.
Fold the bias tape along the length so that wrong sides are together, raw edges are aligned and the bias tape has a single crease at the center. Press.
Align the raw edges of the bias tape with the raw edge of the neckline, right sides together, and so that the ends of the bias tape overlap by approximately 2 cm (¾”) at the center back. Pin.
If using a contrast bias facing you may now wish to switch your top and bobbin thread to a colour that matches you bias tape.
Starting about 2 cm (¾”) from the center back, stitch around the neckline, again stopping at about 2 cm (¾”) from the center back.
Pin at the spot where bias strip ends would meet at center back.
Stitch the short ends of the bias tape, right sides together.
Trim and press open. Finish stitching the bias to the neckline.
Trim seams to 0.5 cm (3/16") and make snips in the remaining seam allowance.
Alternatively you can use pinking shears or a pinking rotary blade to trim your seam. This accomplishes trimming and clipping all at once.
Press bias strip up towards the clipped seam allowance.
Understitch by stitching close to the edge, through the bias tape and the trimmed seam allowance below. This will help your bias facing turn under neatly in the next step!
Fold the bias facing to the inside of the tee and press.
Using a pressing ham to shape the neckline as you press in the bias at the shoulders (mimicking the shape of your body) will help your neckline lay flat after stitching.
If you switched your thread to match your contrast bias facing, you may wish to switch your bobbin thread back to a colour matching you main fabric, leaving the top thread as the colour that matches your bias tape.
Pin down the bias strip on the inside of your top. If you want to add a label you can secure the top into your bias facing as shown!
Topstitch the bias facing down on the inside of your top, just catching edge of the bias to secure.
Fold the hem of the tee in, wrong sides touching, by 0.5 cm (3/16") and press. Hint: If you stitch a guide line it is easier to turn up the this narrow edge when pressing. Fold up an additional 1 cm (⅜") and press again to enclose the raw edge.
Change your top thread back to the colour coordinating with your main fabric. Hem at just under 1 cm (⅜"), catching the pressed fold on the inside of the tee.
CONGRATULATIONS! You've finished your La Brea View B!
I hope this Sew Along has helped! If you have questions or problems in making your LA BREA tee please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you share your pictures on social media you can tag Meghann @halfmoonatelier and use the hashtag #labreatee.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s beautiful LA BREA tees! I hope you love them as much as I love mine.
Here are a few more pictures of my LA BREAs made from the final pattern in size 5 at the shoulder, blended to 6D cup at the bust and size 8 at the hips. I shortened ½” above the bust and 2” at the pattern lengthen/shorten lines. My measurements are 36” upper bust, 40” full bust, 34” waist, 44” hips and I’m 5’2” tall.
View A in Organic Cotton jersey knit.
View A in Rayon voile woven.
View B in loose weave Linen.
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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