Yaletown Sew-Along: Styling Inspiration
Yaletown Sew-Along: Fabric Suggestions, Choosing a Size, and FAQ
Yaletown Sew-Along: FBA and SBA Tutorials and Tips
Yaletown Sew-Along: Cutting, Gathering Supplies
Yaletown Sew-Along #1: Preparing Bodice and Sewing Facing (Instruction Steps 1-4)
Yaletown Sew-Along #2: Finishing Facing, Sewing Bodice Side Seams (Instruction Steps 5-7)
Yaletown Sew-Along #3: Sewing Skirt / Lower Blouse (Instruction Steps 8-10)
Yaletown Sew-Along #4: Sewing Bodice to Skirt, Sewing Elastic Casing (Instruction Steps 11-13)
Yaletown Sew-Along #5: Sewing & Attaching Sleeves (Instruction Steps 14-17)
Today: Hemming, Sewing Tie Belt (Instruction Steps 18-19)
Friday, October 2nd – Thread Loops and Securing Neckline (Instruction Steps 20-21)
Earlier this week we hung up our dresses to let the hem settle if needed. If you’re making the blouse, this step isn’t really necessary. But since the dress version is weightier in the bottom half, your fabric could have settled/stretched out a bit along the hemline. Go ahead and trim that hem to even it out if needed!
Now we can get on with our hems!
Since we’ll be leaving an opening when we sew (so we can turn the belt right side out), I like to mark the opening with chalk. Just as a reminder! I marked on one side of the joining seam – a 4″ (10cm) opening works well here. Sew all around outer edges, leaving the marked area unsewn.
Now we’re left with this opening that we need to slipstitch closed. If you don’t want to slip stitch, you can sew as Tasia demonstrates here, which works great for busy prints where visible stitching won’t really pop. If you’d like to do the slipstitch method, I’ll show you how.
So first let’s pin the opening closed with pins.
If you’d like to be extra secure, quickly baste the opening closed as I did above, not too close to the edge.
Just some hand sewing next week, and then we’ll be all finished.
Happy sewing everyone!