Thursday, 18 January 2018

Day 10 - Progress on the flower top. French Seams (McCall's 7542)

So here's my pattern, all cut out. I decided to make version A for the sleeves, but the longer version of the top.

The fabric is very light and slinky, not to mention slippery and most worrying - prone to fraying. For that reason I decided to sew French seams in order to prevent any of the seams from unraveling. I've actually had a top I made unravel at the seams - it was just the type of woven chiffon-y type of fabric and it completely unraveled and I threw it out!

So below I am sewing a very narrow seam with wrong sides together so the right side is facing up.

Next trim that seam - very important - especially if your notches bulge out, like I always cut mine. The last thing you want is frayed raw edges peeking through your finished French seam. Also if you trim with pinking shears, you lessen the risk of fraying.

Now turn your garment inside so the right sides face together and seam again, encasing the raw edges within your seam. It looks so neat and tidy. I pressed the seam open before doing my second seam since the fabric is slippery and difficult to "snug" the first seam tightly within the second seam - not sure if that makes sense or not. See pictures.

Here's that second seam - all pinned and ready to be stitched. This is the wrong side facing up.

Seam is done. Now being pressed to look great.
Here's a pretty seam on the inside of what I hope will be a pretty top.

Bible Reading:
1 Corinthians, chapters 5, 6
Excerpt: 1 Cor. 6 vs 19, 20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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