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Sudley Sewalong: How to hem all versions

Sudley sewalong hemming all versions of the Sudley top and dress pattern

This is it, friends! The very last step on our Sudley sewalong. You’ve made it! All we have left to do is hem. And I’m going to go over everything you need to know for all versions. From short sleeves to elastic cuff sleeves, to hemming your lining. I’ll cover all of it for you.

Let’s finish this up. shall we?

To hem the bottom edge of the blouse or dress, turn under by 1/4" and pressTo hem the bottom edge of any blouse or dress version, turn under by 1/4″ and press.

Turn the hem under again by another 1/4", encasing the raw edge - press & pin.Turn under again by another 1/4″, encasing the raw edge. Press and pin.

Sew just under 1/4" from the edge around the entire hem. Close up of finished Sudley bottom hem.Sew just under 1/4″ from the edge around the entire hem.

To hem lining, ensure it is slightly shorter than the main fabric. Now, if your Sudley is lined, first make sure that your lining is slightly shorter than your main fabric. If it isn’t, trim the lining a bit at the hemline. You don’t want it visible from the outside. Then hem both the main fabric and lining separately. Turning each one under twice by 1/4″ and stitching, just as shown above. Just do each layer separately.

Repeat bottom hem instructions to complete sleeves. Turn under 1/4" twice and stitch. For short sleeves or elbow sleeves, repeat the same process. Turn under 1/4″ twice and stitch close to the edge.

To hem elasticised sleeves, turn under 1/4".Now for the longer, elasticized sleeves. Turn the sleeve under 1/4″.

Turn under hem again, this time by 1 1/8" and press. Turn under again, this time by 1 1/8″ and press.

(sorry, I flipped my sleeve inside out here. I should’ve started with it inside out in the last step).

Sew close to the edge around the sleeve hem, but leave an open gap about 2″ wide.

Cut elastic according to pattern chart. Cut your elastic according to the chart provided in the pattern instructions.

Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic. Slide it into the casing gap.Use your fingers to guide the elastic through the casing. Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic. Slide it into the casing through the open gap, and use your fingers to guide it all the way through.

The two elastic ends should meet once you've guided it through the casing. Overlap the elastic by 1/2" and pin in place.Once you reach the other side and come back out through the gap, overlap the elastic by 1/2″ and pin in place.

Sew the elastic together using a zig zag stitch. Sew the elastic together using a zig-zag stitch.

Check your elastic is sitting evenly, with no twists. Slide the elastic back down into the casing, and sew the opening closed, close to the edge.Slide the elastic back down into the casing, and sew the opening closed, close to the edge. All done!


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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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