Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sew-Along #33 - Sailboat Outfit - Lesson #3

The Sailboat Outfit by Oliver+S

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Welcome to Day 3

Before we begin with today's lesson be sure to read all of the patterns instructions. Today, and throughout the entire sew along, you will need your pattern in hand to go along with each lesson. Some things I will share/teach will not be in the pattern, but are some tricks and tips I have learned over the years from sewing this pattern. 

Today we will finish sewing our shirts. So let's get started! 

1. Press your sleeve hem up on both sleeves, short and long sleeve versions. I will be using only a long sleeve for the tutorial but both versions sew the same way. Pressing it now will help to hem it after the sleeve is all sewn.

2. If you are sewing the top in a woven, be sure to sew in the gathering stitches to help ease the sleeve. For this tutorial I used knit, so this step can be skipped as the knit will stretch into place nicely. Take your sleeve and place it the corresponding shoulder, matching up the notches, with right sides together.  Pin the sleeve in place, then stitch. If using a serger to sew your sleeve in, remember to sew it with the ½" seam and trim the seam as you go. Repeat with second sleeve. Press seam away from the shirt towards the sleeve.

3. Fold your shirt in half with the right sides together and place the sleeve and shirt right sides together, matching up the bottom sleeve seam. Take your under arm seam and place each seam in the opposite direction to help the seams to "lock" in place when sewn and to also help reduce the bulk when worn as well.

4. Pin the the sleeve and sides together and stitch. Press your seam towards the back side of the shirt. Repeat with opposite side.

5. Take your bottom facing pieces and place them right sides together and sew up the two short sides. Press the seam towards the back side.

6. Take your facing and turn it wrong side out, then slip in over the bottom of the shirt  with the shirt facing right side out. Match up the two side seams on the facing and the shirt, pin in place. Pin the rest of the facing in place all the way around then stitch in place along the bottom edge.

7. Turn your facing to the inside of the shirt, rolling your seam towards the inside so the seam line is not visible from the outside of the shirt. Press well then pin the facing in place. Stitch the facing in place in the same manner as your top facing.

8. Take your shirt, while still inside out, and refold the sleeve hem and give it another good press. Turn your sleeve right side out.

9. With your sleeve right side out stitch the hem in place. I use a regular ball point needle on mine but you can use a twin needle here as well. Repeat with second sleeve.

10. Cut your buttonholes open and sew your buttons on in the marked places that you transferred from the pattern piece.

Now we can admire our newly sewn shirts!!

Tomorrow we will begin the pants and shorts part of our lessons. We will take it over the course of three days. I will be going over how to sew the shorts modification and how to line them as well. I can't wait to see you back here tomorrow!

Happy sewing,

*If you would like to earn entries into the prize drawing, please make sure to submit a photo of your completed Lesson Three to this Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Friday, September 2nd. If you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask. 

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