Today I’m over at the Cali & Co blog! You may have noticed the button over on the sidebar announcing that I’m now part of the Cali & Co blog squad. If you’ve never checked out Cali & Co fabric you really should. They have an amazing selection of fabrics. Today I’m sharing all about my new fall outfit, sewed entirely from 3 beautiful Cali & Co. fabrics. I found these three amazing fabrics, and I’ve got tips for sewing with each of them over on the Cali & Co blog today.
Have you ever wondered how to sew a finished hem or cuff band? Usually these bands are left with raw edges on the insides. Our tutorial shows you how to create hem bands that are finished on the inside. This method also works really good for very thick fabrics. Perhaps you want your garment to be as pretty on the inside as on the outside. Maybe you’re worried about fraying raw edges. Or perhaps you’re trying to reduce the thickness of the seams. For all those reasons you need this tutorial.
Lay the hem (or cuff) band down on the main fabric right sides together (RST). Do NOT fold the band in 1/2 as you may be used to doing with other patterns. Sew together using the seam allowance required in your pattern.
Iron seam allowances toward band.
Iron over seam allowance on other side of hem band.
Fold hem band in 1/2 wrong sides together. (WST) Overlap and nest the raw edge right up next to the seam on the wrong side of the fabric.
Pin very well. You don’t want this hem band to twist at all, so pinning now will make your life easier in the next step.
Sew the hem band in place.
Now for this tutorial, I am sewing a cardigan (Peekaboo Pattern Shop Cambridge Cardigan affiliate link) that has a band/neck binding around the front neckline and down the fronts. So the rest of this tutorial shows you how to sew on that second band and end up with a finished inside all the way around. If you are sewing a band that will be round, like a cuff or a sweatshirt hem band, simply sew on the band following this tutorial before you sew the side seams, which is when the band will be completed.
Pin the neck binding to the cardigan fronts RST, leaving a 1/4 inch hanging over at each end. Sew in place. Iron seam allowance toward binding as before.
Iron up the 1/4 inch overhang at the end of the neck binding.
Iron over 1/4 inch along the outer edge of the neck binding.
Fold neck binding in 1/2. Nest the seam allowances as in Step 4. Sew across bottom, up one side, around the neck, down the other side, and across the other bottom.
So there you have it. Beautifully finished bands. Whether it be cuffs, hems or neck bindings, you can now create hem bands another way.
This week all of the adult sized people at Skirt Fixation are participating in Selfish Sewing Week! You will see lots of sewing, skirts, and adult sized creations! Today Audrey walks the catwalk…
Walks the catwalk, ha! During the photoshoot I was trying not to sink into the muddy ground in Allegra’s heels! But I’m getting ahead of myself…
For Selfish Sewing Week, I started with a skirt; from Jocole, of course! This is the Jocole knit pencil skirt pattern. You see, I found the most delightful scuba knit fabric from JoAnn’s. Envious of Allegra’s Jocole knit pencil skirt, I whipped up one for myself. Since that was completed so fast, I had time to sew up something else.
Well, you’ll notice the title says part 1. That’s because the first thing I sewed up to wear with this skirt didn’t pass Mr. Skirt Fixation’s inspection. He liked it, but just not with this skirt! So at his suggestion, I went hunting for a cardigan pattern. I found the perfect one over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop in the form of their Cambridge Cardigan. The only piece of the puzzle left was to find the perfect sweater knit. I hunted and hunted and finally found the one I wanted on Amazon.
That’s right, Amazon sells fabric too. Or to put it more correctly, fabric purveyors also sell their wares through Amazon sometimes. This is a Hatchi Sweater Jersey Knit in a floral print, and it is very soft and easy to work with. Plus drop dead gorgeous!
The Cambridge Cardigan was an absolute treat to sew up. Just a few pattern pieces, easy directions, and professional results. This Cardigan is not only comfortable and warm, but flattering! This is not your standard, baggy boyfriend cut cardigan; nope, this one is made all for the woman in you!
Well, those two pieces needed a layering piece, which I found the perfect match in the Renfrew from Sewaholic. I made a cowl neck with short sleeves because I wanted it to be a layering piece with out the bulk of two sleeves yet having a little something extra on top. Success!
And I can’t wait to make some more versions of the Renfrew. The white knit fabric came from Girl Charlee as part of their Bargain lots sale, but I have yet to find anything wrong with it.
As I mentioned earlier, during the photo shoot, I had trouble keeping from sinking into the mud with my heels! Therefore I strategically cropped quite a few of these photos to edit out the awkward leg poses! Ah, March…in like a lion; we’re waiting for the lamb!
Sew My Stash 2015 reality check: I bought the Cambridge Cardigan fabric especially for this outfit, but the other fabrics had sat in my stash for quite a while!
*The links to Peekaboo Patterns in this post are affiliate links. That means we’re excited to partner with them because we love the professional results enabled by their patterns. And if you click through our link to buy one of these patterns yourself, we might make a little money too!
Come back tomorrow to see Part 2!