Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sew-Along #15 - Sketchbook Shirt + Shorts - Lesson #4

The Sketchbook Shirt + Shorts

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Please read the directions in your Sketchbook pattern all the way through before you begin.  It's also a good idea to read through this sew-along lesson before starting.

Today we will finish our shirt - WAAHOOOOOOO!

Press your sleeve hem:
*This is out of order from the instructions, but way easier to do right now.*
  • Turn the raw edge of your sleeve in toward the wrong side 1/2".
  • Press well.
  • Turn it in to the wrong side again, this time 1".
  • Press well.
    I did it there way after sewing the side seam but really, it is simpler to do this first.
  • Repeat for the other side.
Side Seam:
  • Line up the side seams of your shirt making sure to match the seam of the armscye.  Make sure to unfold your sleeve hem!

  • Pin together.
  • Sew

  • Finish your raw edges with a serger or zig zag stitch.
  • Repeat for the other side.
  • Hem your sleeves by refolding along your pressed markings.

  • Sew along the inside fold.  I chose to do two rows of stitching for an added detail, that is optional.
  • Start off by sewing a basting stitch 1/2 inch from the raw edge of the bottom of your shirt.  *This is going to help keep your turned hem smooth along the curves of the shirttail.

  • Press the raw edge up toward the wrong side of the shirt along the basting line.

  • Turn the raw edge down into the fold with your fingers while you edge stitch the hem.  *If you prefer, you can go ahead and press the raw edge down into the fold to make this step easier.

  • Remove your basting stitch.
Almost there, time for BUTTONHOLES!
One of the things I like about this pattern is the inclusion of the button hole guide, no measuring or guessing.
  • Take your button hole guide and make sure you have cut slits in all the markings.

  • Line the guide up with the seam where the collar meets the shirt (boys are left over right - so your button holes need to be on the left placket when worn.)
  • Take a marking pen or chalk and draw a line in each of the markings all the way down (make sure to go from point to point.)

  • Create a button hole on each marking.

  • Open the button hole with a seam ripper (for safety, place a pin at the top edge of your button hole, so that you can't rip into your shirt.)

  • To add the buttons, line the guide up on the opposite placket and mark the center of each button hole marking.
  • Sew on your buttons.
Voila - an awesome oxford shirt!!!

* If you would like to enter the prize drawing, please make sure you submit a picture of your completed Lesson 4 to the Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Wednesday, July 16th.


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