|New Look 6963.|
|New Look 6963|
I also find that you can keep an eye on the easing - fingernails are good to smidge a little a long if there is a gather or pucker happening.
Also, steaming puckers out works wonders - I haven't talked about that here, but if you have some puckers, place your sleeve head over a tailor's ham (or a rolled up hand towel, which I normally use, being a bit lazy about fetching the tailor's ham sometimes - I do use it for tailoring, but for odd jobs, whatever is lying around tends to get utilized!)
Right, today's segment. The hem:
The instructions ask you to finish the facing and hem edge first:
Fold facing to the outside of the shirt (the right side) so that the interfacing shows.
Stitch across the facing edge 5/8 inch in. Then trim back as you do for the collar leaving 5/8 inch at the end. This gives you something to anchor your facing/hem later.
Then turn the facing inside out:
You will notice that you the hem left to deal with. The instructions ask you to do a form a narrow hem of 5/8 inch - and then folding the edge over to meet the crease.
As this is a curved hem, a template helps here. I just trace off the hemline shape and press over the template. ( I use very lightweight card, and reuse it for this pattern).
|Template for New Look 6963.|
Above you can see me rolling the edge over the template and ironing the hem allowance crease.
And below I am turning in the raw edge to meet the crease:
Then I stitch the hem on the inside:
The finished hem, and I have also edge stitched the facing along the front edge. If you don't do this, the facing will always roll out. Patterns don't always state this, but any facing will sit better and not roll out if it is understitched - or if you prefer, edge or topstitched.
Tomorrow: the Buttonholes and Buttons