Pictures of the finished skirt have to wait. I want to hem my skirt with “steam a seam” tape but forgot to buy it and as most of my fabrics and notions are in storage, I had none available at all. So I spent my weekend sewing two t-shirts. The pattern is the Ann T-top from StyleArc:
I’ve made this pattern several times now and it’s a great basic. After the initial one last year (never blogged about as far as I remember) I removed the gathers in the front by folding up at waist level.
Until recently I used an old Ottobre pattern from 2007 as my base for t-shirts, which is still a great pattern. But, as you can guess, it’s in storage (by accident though).
The neckline and hems of both t-shirts were finished with a coverstitch.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my Janome coverstitch for quite a long time, but have become used to it and now it’s taken out and used regularly. For a long time I did not use it properly either and on the inside you could see the edge of the hem stick out above the stitches. Recently I saw a tip about how to make the finishing on the inside neat. Looks good doesn’t it?
What I did was
- Measure and press the hem at an exact distance (a sewing gauge will help)
- Baste the hem at the very edge of the hem. I preferred hand basting but the tip I saw used long, straight machine stitches. I found those more difficult to remove afterwards when I made a sample.
- Stitch while guiding your foot over the basted line
- Carefully remove the basting thread.
I did this both for the hem of the body as for the sleeves and it works like a charm. It might be a bit more work, but the result is much better.