Thank goodness I finally got a little time today to sew! I got ONE sleeve done - at this rate, I'll be finished by Christmas! I didn't exactly follow the order in BWOF because .. well, because I'm just like that! Anyway, this is what I did.
After sewing the two sleeve pieces together, I laid out the lower sleeve. I decided to press in the pleats BEFORE hemming it since I had marked my pleats with snips.
Then, after folding, pressing, and basting the top of the pleats, I sewed seam binding to the hem edge. I'm not sure whether they were saying to use a 1-1/2" hem on the sleeves as well as the peplum but I only used 5/8". I also know that the seam binding will give a flatter hem than turning it under, and this fabric is a little thick for the pleats even just from folding up the hem. Before I pressed up the hem, I basted 5/8" from the raw edge of the fabric so that I could turn it under at the exact right length. Then I hemmed it by hand and repressed the pleats.
Next, I pinned the lower sleeve to the upper sleeve, and I realized that I did not make the lower sleeve larger when I widened the upper sleeve! SO... I had to unbaste some of those pleats and reposition and press them to make the lower sleeve fit! I basted this piece to the sleeve with a 1/2" seam allowance, checked it, got rid of a pucker, and the sewed the seam 5/8" from the edge. I pressed this seam and then pressed it UP toward the upper sleeve.
Setting in the sleeve wasn't too difficult, except that the notch for the back sleeve didn't match up with the seam. Everything else did though, so I went ahead and basted it in, tried it on, and then stitched it. I trimmed the sa close to the first row of stitching so as not to have to do a lot of clipping.The sleeve fits and I think it looks good. I need to go out and buy some shoulder pads now. Maybe I'll finish the other sleeve this weekend.
My vacation is over and I didn't really get anything done that I thought I wanted to do. My 85 year old father is really having a difficult time right now, so I've spent most of my time helping him. He is the sweetest man on earth and everybody loves him.
It's so hard to see your parents getting old.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Posted by Nancy Winningham at 3:20 PM