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WHAT YOU NEED
TIME TO SEW
HOT TIP - Wash your fabric before you place your pattern piece down on the fabric and cut out. this allows for shrinkage and warping of your fabric.
The Shoulder Seams and Positioning the Neckband
STEP 1. Make sure you have notched all your seam allowances and balance marks.
STEP 2. Lift the front and back pattern pieces and pin the shoulder seams together, making sure you have right sides together. Stitch these seams using a slight zigzag stitch. This will stop the seam from breaking when the fabric stretches. If you have anoverlocker, use that instead of zig-zagging.
STEP 3. Cut a strip of knit 6cm or 2.5 inches wide, making sure it is more than enough to go around the neck. I prefer this method as knits can have different stretch, and I like to pin the band on while the garment is on the stand. A good rule is 2/3 of the neck edge measurement as a cut length. Make sure if you use this method, you also add seam allowance.
STEP 4. If you use the stand method, fold the strip in half and starting at one of the shoulders, pin the band as it would sit when the top is finished. Make sure you are pinning it on the seam allowance line of the neck edge and the band. When you get back to the point where the band crosses over, make sure you leave an overlap of seam allowance for you to sew the band into a tube.
STEP 5. Notch the shoulder of the band and the centre back. This gives you a reference point to pin to.
STEP 6. Take the top off the stand and stitch the band ends with right sides together to form a tube. At this stage, try not to unpin the band from the neck edge too much.
STEP 7. Turn the band so you have right sides together. Pin as you go.
STEP 8. Stitch neck bind into place.
Stitching The Sleeves
STEP 1. Remove the pattern from the sleeves and fold the sleeve in two. You will notice one side of the sleeve head is higher than the other. This is the back of the sleeve.
STEP 2. With right sides together, pin the sleeves into the armholes of the top, matching the notch on the head of the sleeve with the shoulder seams.
STEP 3. Using a slight zig-zag stitch or an overlocker, stitch the sleeves into the armholes. Trim this seam back by half.
STEP 1. Pin side seams together. Making sure underarm seam is matching. Sew in place.
STEP 1. Press up the allowance on the sleeves and the hem of the top.
STEP 2. Using a slight zig-zag, stitch these into position
The Final Press
STEP 1. Press your final garment and trim any loose threads.
HOW TO MAKE THE LONG SLEEVE TOP
If you like, you can also watch and follow our YouTube tutorial on 'How to make the Long Sleeve Top'.
Click the link below to watch from start to finish.