Final stretch! Today we are going to finish our Seena Dolman Tee! I’ve been in awe of the amazing tops already popping up in the facebook group. Remember, if you would like to be eligible for a prize, use the hashtag #newtoknits for your entry picture.
If you need to catch up, here is what we have done so far:
day 1: choosing fabric
day 2: other supplies
day 3: cutting in the fabric
day 4: seams
day 5: binding
While it may seem like there are quite a few steps today, they go fast; I promise!
1. Sew your second shoulder seam. It can be a bit tricky to line up the edges of your binding. I suggest using some glue stick or hand basting if you want it perfect. If you are serging, use an apolstry needle to thread your serger tail back in the seam. I forgot to take a picture of this, but you can see a picture of what I mean here.
Next, whether you’ve used a serger or sewing machine, you will want to reinforce the spot where you last sewed the binding closed. If you look at store bought tops, they almost always have a short line of stitching holding the seam allowance down. It can be a bit bulky, but just go slow and turn your hand wheel if necessary.
2. With right sides together, sew the underam/side seams. For a reminder on sewing seams in knits, you can look at this post from earlier in the week.
3. Prepare your bands. Fold them, right sides together, so that the short raw edges meet and stitch a seam on this edge.
4. Fold the loop in half, WRONG sides in.
5. Place the loop inside the tee with either side of the loop facing the right side of the tee. You may need to stretch the loop to fit. Pin in place, matching the loop seam to the underarm or side seam.
6. Sew loop onto tee. If find it easiest if I sew on the inside of the loop, with the shirt next to the feed dogs.
DONE DONE DONE! You did it! Give it a good press, and go take a modelling shot that you can be proud of!
Remember, if you would like to be eligible for a price, upload a photo of your finished project to the facebook group with the hashtag #newtoknits before Wednesday, November 12.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for participating, and for making my first sewalong such a big success!