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 any blouse or dress version, turn under by 1/4″ and press.
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.
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.
For short sleeves or elbow sleeves, repeat the same process. Turn under 1/4″ twice and stitch close to the edge.
Now for the longer, elasticized sleeves. Turn the sleeve under 1/4″.
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 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 through the open gap, and use your fingers to guide it all the way through.
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.
Slide the elastic back down into the casing, and sew the opening closed, close to the edge. All done!
LOOKING FOR MORE SUDLEY POSTS?
Here’s the full list of Sudley posts and tutorials:
- Pattern Tester Round-up
- Ties and Shoulder Seams
- Bias Facing (Views A, B, D)
- Sleeves and Side Seams
- Bodice Lining (View C)
- Skirt (View C)
- Hem (this post!)
Here are a couple of posts you also might find useful:
- 5 Tips to Sewing a Perfect Rounded Collar
- How to Finish the Sudley Keyhole & Neckline with a Bias Facing