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Olive sewalong how to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive top and dress pattern

Today we will go over the second option for short sleeves on the Olive dress or blouse – the sleeve band option. This is a great version if you are playing with different pattern placements or contrasting colors. This is actually my favorite sleeve finish! Let’s just keep this short and get right to it…

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsYou’ll have cut out 2 sleeve band pieces.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFold each band in half, right sides together, lining up the shorter ends.

Sew each one together, 5/8″ from the raw edge along the short end.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the seams open.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn under one edge, towards the wrong, side by 5/8″.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns**I forgot to photograph this step – but you need to sew the side seams of your top. Place the front and back with right sides together and line up the side seams. Sew 5/8″ from the raw edge, and the finish the raw edge with your preferred method. Press towards the back.

Then place your garment in front of you, right side facing out.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace a band over top of one of the sleeve edges, right sides of the fabrics together.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsMatch up the underarm seam with the seam on the arm band, and align the raw edges. Pin in place around the entire sleeve opening.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew the band to the sleeve opening 5/8″from the raw edge around the entire opening.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the sleeve band and seam allowance away from the garment.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow turn the garment inside out.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFold the band over towards the inside of the garment, so that the folded edge of the band lines up with the stitching of the seam.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLine up with the seam stitching around the entire sleeve opening and pin in place.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFrom the outside, topstitch along the sleeve band, close to the seam.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsHere it is finished, from the inside.

How to sew the sleeve bands on the Olive blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsRepeat with the other sleeve, and you’re done!

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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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