MN2303 Briar / Sewalongs

Briar Sewalong: Sleeves & Seams

Inserting the sleeves & sewing up the side seams // Tutorial by the Megan Nielsen Blog

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. So today we’ll go over the (easy-breezy) sleeves & seams!

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.

Let’s 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, a regular zig-zag stitch or even a twin needle. Endless options!

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

PS. Hemming tomorrow!


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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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11 years ago

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)!

11 years ago

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

10 years ago

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