Vogue came out with a pattern for this shirt in 2011, Vogue 1274. And I have no reasonable reason why it has taken so long to get this project started.
I'm using a 100% cotton fabric that I found at Ikea. I adore the whimsical print. I think this will be a fun shirt for spring!
I was surprised to find the shirt has stitched French seams. I haven't sewn a garment with French seams in years! I forgot how easy it they are to sew. My serger is getting a break with this project and I'm throughly enjoying the change in pace.
|With wrong sides together stitch 1/4" away from the edge. Trim and press the seam. Don't skip the pressing part! |
You want a nicely pressed edge for when you turn it over to match right sides together.
|With right sides together stitch 3/8" from the edge encasing the raw edges. |
Press again and there you have it a French seam!
But I did notice in my Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing book, my go-to reference book, that there is a mock French seam for curved edges.
With right sides of fabric together, stitch on the seamline. Trim seam allowances to 1/2", press, matching folds along the edge. Stitch these folded edges together. Press seam to one side (150).Not that I'm going to try it on this Vogue pattern. I thought it was another interesting self-finished seam.
Well, I have quite a few French seams to finish before I reach the armhole seams. I should get back to work.