|Wrong side piece of back facing|
|Phoaah! Look at her go. Lovely work|
|These were sewn together. Notice that I always pin, baste, sew.|
1. Chances of sticking a pin into your skin are reduced about 95%
2. The fabrics both sit flatter against each other and are much less likely to move during sewing.
And a few hints about basting:
1. When basting a tricky bit (sewing anything that has ease, sleeves, etc.) or when matching a pattern, make your stitches smaller. The reason is obvious if you have ever tried sewing after just pinning alone!
2. Use a weak thread. I didn't in this case, because I didn't have any weak, brightly coloured thread. Weak threads are easier to remove if you have to break them. Very old cotton thread tends to be very weak. It's useless for sewing. This is why old garments tend to fall apart - sewn with cotton, which falls apart with age.
3. Use contrasting thread. Easier to see.
4. Don't baste exactly where you're going to sew, or you won't easily be able to remove the thread afterwards.
|Same as previous photo, but sewn now|
|Sewed bat wing shaped facing piece from first two pics to the large facing piece|
|Back facing in place. Bat wing from first pics is underneath now|
|Sew shoulders together, press seams open|
|Sew the sleeve in|
|Putting it around an imaginary arm helps to ease|
|Really important to baste the sleeve after pinning due to ease|
|After stitching, no pleats or puckering.|
|The sleeve and side will be matched RST and stitched in one go. Pin,|
|Looks like this|
|Turned the right way, it's taking shape|
|Prepare collar. Stitch down the side and across to the nick|
|Trimmed and turned, and with topstitching|
|The white part is the interfacing inside the collar|
|Looks like this after stitching. Must be precise here.|
|Collar must be stitched together, jacket is almost done.|