French Seams and Top Stitching

I nearly finished my mismatched plaid tunic at the studio today.

I have one sleeve left to sew on, which means I can finish it the next time I go to the studio.

Here I am checking the bust fit. (ETA: Bob thinks it’s funny that I included this photo. I don’t know. I guess I thought you might like to see a photo with it on a body.)

I found two vintage red Bakelite buttons in my stash for the pockets. They were either inherited from my paternal Grandmother or I purchased them on Etsy when I was knitting Button Up Cloches for sale, I’m not sure which. I like that they are mismatched.

This came together easily and I remembered my three most important sewing tips I learned the hard way:

1. Never use interfacing. Use fabric instead.

2. Make the facings (or linings) a little bigger than the garment.

3. Sew on the sleeves before sewing the side seams.

I also remembered to stop when I got tired, because if I sew while tired I start making mistakes.

When I sold my serger I decided I would sew everything with french seams, so that’s what I did. I love the clean look on the inside of the garment.

I didn’t do much knitting today but I did finish ripping out the ribbing on my red Carbeth.

Wouldn’t my new tunic look nice with a new pale green or blue lacy cardigan? Do you have any pattern suggestions? I guess I’m looking forward to spring. I listened to reggae all day.

17 thoughts on “French Seams and Top Stitching

    1. A French Seam is when you finish the edge of the seam by enclosing it inside another seam. Essentially you are sewing the seams twice, once with the wrong sides together, and then again with the right sides together.

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