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)
Today: Sewing Bodice to Skirt, Sewing Elastic Casing (Instruction Steps 11-13)
Tuesday, September 23rd – 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 to it!
Next we are going to topstitch the seam allowance in place, which will create a casing for our elastic. We want to leave an opening to feed the elastic through though, so I like to mark that opening with two pins a couple of inches apart. This way I know where to start and stop sewing! The back left waist is a good place to leave the opening.
Once the elastic is worked through, you can pin the ends together and try on your garment to check that the waist is comfortable. If you’d like to tighten it up, now is the time to trim down the elastic a bit.
Time to overlap the end of your elastic and stitch across. Ever have bunching thread or weird tension when you sew across the elastic? I find that the following helps to have a clean stitch across my elastic:
- Hold my threads as I begin to sew.
- Sew with a short stitch length.
- Use the triple stitch function for extra strength without having to go back and forth across the elastic too many times.
Now we can sew the casing closed by beginning our stitch where we left off, and stitching across the couple of inches that were left open. Tip: Pull the excess fabric away from the area so that the fabric is nice and flat to sew across.
Awesome. This is where we’ll stop for today. Next week – sleeves! As always, be sure to let me know if you have any questions in the comments.