Briar Sewalong: sleeves & seams

February 7th, 2013

One of the things i love about sewing with jersey is how easy and breezy it is to sew in the sleeves. It just feels like it’s done before you started.

I think i’ve shown you this method before (and it’s the one in the pattern instructions) but it’s truly the easiest way to put sleeves in knits, and then sew up those side seams in one go.

Lets get to it

match up the centre of the sleeve cap with the shoulder seam, then match up the sleeve notches with the armholes notches, and finally the sides of the sleeve with the side of the top. The right sides should be facing each other. Pin all the way along the raw edges, easing the sleeve in as you go.

Sew 5/8″ from the raw edge. I used a serger/overlocker but you can just as easily use a speciality stretch stitch on your sewing machine, or a regular zig zag stitch or even a twin needle. Endless options!

Now you can really easily line up the side seams, pin in place and sew all in one go! How easy was that?! so quick. Time for a coffee now. bye! xoxo

ps. hemming tomorrow!

4 Responses

  1. Burke says:

    Is this how you’d recommend sewing the sleeves on the Rie dress as well? I just got that pattern this week (not pregnant, but I LOVE the design)!

    • Meg says:

      You can definitely sew the sleeves in the Rie like this too! It will be just as easy :) it’s definitely my favourite method.

      And seriously – i’m not pregnant either, but i wear my Rie’s alllll the time. yay!

      I should put some Rie sewing tips up on Design Diary at some point :) xoxo

  2. Burke says:

    That would be awesome and much appreciated! I just bought 6 colors of knit fabric to make a whole set of them!!

  3. Jane says:

    Hi,
    I am currently making the ‘ruched maternity’ t-shirt and having serious trouble with the sleeves. In the instructions it does not use the above instructions. Now i am doing the sleeves i have already sewn along the sems and have sewn along the sems on the sleeves so i cannot lay it out flat as per your above pics. Do you have any advice or tutorials for this pattern? thanks

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