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Cali & Co fabric outfit

My new favorite fall outfit!

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.

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Finished Hem Bands Tutorial (perfect for thick fabrics!)


Now your hem bands can be beautiful on the inside too!

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.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 1:

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.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 2:

Iron seam allowances toward band.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 3:

Iron over seam allowance on other side of hem band.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 4:

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.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 5:

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.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 6:

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.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 7:

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.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 8:

Iron up the 1/4 inch overhang at the end of the neck binding.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 9:

Iron over 1/4 inch along the outer edge of the neck binding.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 10:

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.

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Selfish Sewing Week: Audrey {Part 1}

Selfish Sewing Week Outfit

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…

Selfish Sewing Week Outfit

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…

Jocole pencil skirt made with Scuba knit fabric 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.

Cambridge Cardigan Peekaboo Pattern Shop made by Skirt FixationWell, 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!

Cambridge Cardigan close up

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!

Renfrew cowl layering piece sewn by Skirt FixationWell, 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!

Renfrew cowl layering piece sewn by Skirt FixationAnd 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.

Sewn by Skirt FixationAs 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!

Sewn by Skirt FixationSew 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!

Sewn by Skirt Fixation*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!