Need to catch up? Here is what we’ve covered so far, with links!
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)
Today: Sewing & Attaching Sleeves (Instruction Steps 14-17)
Thursday, September 25th – Hemming, Sewing Tie Belt (Instruction Steps 18-19)
Friday, October 2nd – Thread Loops and Securing Neckline (Instruction Steps 20-21)
Let’s get going with these sleeves! We’re doing the same thing for both sleeves, so repeat these steps twice!
First up – we want to sew two rows of basting stitches along our sleeve heads. There are notches on either side of your center notch, those are the ones you will be sewing between. I’ve marked them with pins in the photo above. (We’ve realized there is a small drawing error in the instructions, you only need to baste between the two notches on either side of the center notch, not all the way to the next set of notches. We’ll add this mistake to our Errata page as well! Eek – apologies friends.)
Okay let’s baste! Sew with a long stitch length. Don’t backstitch, that would make gathering difficult! Your first row of stitches should be ½” (1.2cm) from the raw edge. Your second row of stitches should be ¼” (6mm) away.
Let’s do some preliminary gathering. We’ll do the final gathering once the sleeve is pinned into the armhole, so we know exactly how much to go. For now, to gather, grab both bobbin threads on one side. Hold on to them while you push the fabric in the opposite direction.
Start with your garment inside out. Take the sleeve, with the right side facing out, and insert it into the armhole. Pin the sleeve in place, matching notches, and pull the gathers to fit. Hand baste the sleeve into the garment.
One last step today – especially important if you are sewing up the dress version! Let’s hang up our garments to let the hem settle if it needs to. Let it hang for at least 24 hours, then trim the hem evenly.
Then you’ll be ready for our next sewing day, when we’ll hem our garments, and sew our tie belts. Happy sewing!