It’s been so much fun watching the Summer Breeze top from Hot Patterns go from fabric to completion. We hope you bookmark these posts and come back and make the dress, the sleeve version and now a ruffled version. Rhonda has done an amazing job on all her renditions and just shows how versatile the pattern is. I’m not sure which one I like best! Thanks everyone from Sew News and now here’s Rhonda walking us through the final steps of creating a fantastic, wearable creation.
We have reached our final week of the sew along. At this point, all that’s left to do is the hem, and maybe a few embellishments if you would like.
For a garment like this one, I like to finish off my hem with a small band. Since the bottom edge is straight and there are no curves, we can do this with a strip of fabric that has been cut on the straight of grain or the crosswise grain. Cut a 2” wide band that will be long enough go around the hem of your garment. Sew the band to the hem with a 3/8” seam allowance.
Press the band over the edge of the garment.
Fold the band over the seam allowance and pin in place.
Once the band has been pinned, stitch in the ditch, as much in the seam line as possible.
There will be a stitching line on the back of the band,
And on the front of the garment, the stitching line is virtually invisible. This makes for a very simple hem finish and there are no visible stitches on the front side of the garment.
At this point, the garment is finished. I decided to embellish my dress with a free form ruffle.
It’s really quite easy to do.
Simply measure around the neckline and armhole openings. Double the measurement. You will cut a separate strip for each opening.
Cut a strip of fabric that is 3 ½”wide. Sew the strip with a ¼” seam allowance. Begin at one end, sew for a few inches and then leave a 2” opening. Stich again to the end of the strip.
Turn the strip to the right side, but flip the small stitched end wrong side out.
Take the other end of the strip and slide it into the unstitched opening.
Match to the other end and hand stitch the 2 ends together.
Pull one end of the strip and the short end will also turn to the outside. Do not press the band as we want the band to retain a soft look.
Now take the strip and begin pinning it to the edge of the garment.
Continue until the entire piece is pinned to the opening. With a needle and thread, tack the free form ruffle to the garment at each pin point.
My dress is finished. I absolutely love how it looks!!
The top is also finished, sleeves are attached. You may notice that the hem of the top is flared.
If by chance you made the top and the hips are just a little snug, here’s a simple solution that will fix the problem.
Measure the side seam of the top from the hem to the waist. Cut a triangle the length of this measurement. The width of my triangle is 3”. Remember to add seam allowance. Notice that the edges have a slight curve. If the triangle does not have a slight curve, when it is sewn to the garment, it will have points at the end.
An inside view of the triangle
And an outside view
If you do add the triangles to the side seams of the top, the band around the bottom of the hem will need to be cut on the bias since we have added a rounded edge to the hem.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Summer Breeze sew along, I know I have. Be sure to check out the Flickr page and post your pictures there. We’d love to see your creations! You can find the Flickr page here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong_3/
There is a new sew along that will be happening in September. Be sure to check out the newest edition of Sew News to find out all about it.
Thanks so much for stopping by and following along. Until next time……