Recently I shared with you the softshell jacket that I sewed for myself. (You can read all about the jacket here). I had a lot of questions about how I finished the seams, so I thought I would do up a quick tutorial. This technique will work on nearly any garment; my Gracious Threads Henday Zip up Hoodie is a great project to use it on.
I did a mock up with the softshell fleece. You’ll also need a 1″ strip of fabric (preferably on the bias, but cross grain works too) as long as the seam.
Sew the seam as usual right sides together. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.
I’ve labeled the squares as ‘hood’ and ‘body’ as you would sew a jacket, but you can use this technique for any part of the project. With the right side of the binding facing the wrong side of the ‘hood’ side, align the raw edges and stitch it in place over the previous stitching line. Leave 3/8″ tail at each end if you want a clean finish.
Finger press seam allowances up and fold in raw end (I only did one side).
Fold seam allowances down and tuck other raw edge of binding under the seam.
You can pin it in place, but softshell is difficult to pin (and it makes holes in the fabric) so I just hold it in place. Stitch close the the folded edge.
This is what it should look like (but use matching thread!).
From the right side you only see one extra seam.
Hope this helps someone!