School Days Coat Sew-a-Long, Day 6

We are gleefully doing sleeves today! 

Gather pieces #12 JACKET SLEEVE.  Right now, we only need sleeves for the main fabric.

Sew a row of gathering stitches 3/8" from the raw edge of the cap of one sleeve, starting and stopping at the side notches, be sure to leave thread tails on both ends (for now, ignore center notch on sleeve cap).  

 

Now, sew a second row of gathering stitches 1/4" below the first row (5/8" from the raw edge).  If you are using a laminated fabric, forgo the second row of gathering stitches.

 

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For a better view of where to begin and end stitching, the pin heads are in place:

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Fold the sleeve in half, right sides together, and pin the sides of the sleeve together.  Stitch sides with a 1/2" seam allowance.  

Press seams open.

 

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We will now hem our sleeves.  

Keep sleeve wrong side out, fold and press the sleeve's raw edge 1 1/2" to the wrong side.

 If you want to stitch by machine, topstitch 1" from the folded raw edge.

 

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Alternatively, you may blindstitch the hem by hand.

 

Turn jacket wrong side out and sleeve right side out.  Pin sleeve to the inside of the armhole, be sure to match the underarm seam to the jacket's side seam and align the notches on both pieces.  Pull thread tails from gathering stitches as needed to keep sleeves smooth.  

At this point you may hand-baste sleeve if you find it necessary.  I did not need to do so, I just used pins.

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Stitch sleeve to armhole with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Take your time with curves!

 

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Press seams towards sleeve, trim seam allowances if desired.

Complete both sleeves and we are done for the day!  

We will start the lining on day 7!

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