Let’s tackle those sleeves! If you’re like me and have ever broken out in a cold sweat when you think about sleeves: fear not, they are not as bad as they seem.
and hem the edges. (you could do them later when they’re sewn into the shirt, but I despise sewing tiny sleeves…
anyways, I serged the edge and then ironed them over about 1/2″ but you could just as easily fold it over 1/4″, iron, and then fold over again, and iron.
Then sew along the edge to hem. I like to stitch on the tops of my hems, I’m just weird like that.
And you can pin if you like, but the ironing holds it in place pretty well.
Speaking of ironing! Iron that sleeve hem.
Now, lay out your shirt pieces like so, with the right side up.
Fold your sleeve in half, and place the middle at the shoulder seam, right sides together.
Unfold it and pin in the center.
Then, on both sides of that first pen, ease the fabric to fit each other. Around the curves may be a little tricky but it should fit pretty well.
Then it will look like this!
Repeat on other sleeve.
Then sew a 1/4 ” seam on the sleeves, serge or zig zag to finish it.
Press Press Press!
Starting to look like a shirt, huh?!
Flip it inside out, and line up the armpit seams on one side-pin there, and then match up the sleeves and pin those. Then continue down the side of the shirt.
Starting at the sleeve, sew a few stitches, and back stitch a few stitches, then continue on down the sleeve and then the side. Repeat on the other side.
Serge or zig zag stitch edges!
Of course, let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll answer them in the comments.
Tomorrow: Finishing touches: collar, hem, buttons!
Let’s see those shirts! (ya know, if ya want to)