School Days Coat Sew-a-Long, Day 9

We are almost done!  We are hemming the jacket and topstitching today.

To hem jacket, lift the lining out of the way. 

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Fold and press the bottom edge of the jacket 1 1/2" to the wrong side, continuing the line of the hem edge from the facing's sewn bottom edge.

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Let's topstitch! 

Topstitch the facing and the jacket hem at the same time, pinning the lining out of the way (so it's not stitched in this step).  Starting at the top inside edge of the facing, edgestitch/topstitch the facing's neckline edge.  

THE PIN IS LOCATED AT YOUR STARTING POINT: 

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Begin sewing at marked location, pivot at the front corner to stitch down the front edge, pivot again at the bottom edge to stitch across the bottom of the facing.  When you reach the inside bottom edge of the facing, pivot again to start sewing up the facing's inside edge (you may have already topstitched this part, if so, do not repeat).  Stitch up until your needle is 1" from the hem edge, and then pivot again to stitch across the entire folded hem of the jacket.

 

–the pin is 1" from bottom edge, this is where you should pivot and continue around back of jacket.

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Repeat the topstitching/edge-stitching of the facing when you reach the other side of the jacket.  

 

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You may want to edge-stitch the entire neckline as well, which will help to keep the lining in place when the jacket is finished.

 

That's all for today!

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