It was during the testing process for the beautiful Eleena Dress by Coffee and Thread that I thought about whether I could do an alternate version of the hem on the flutter sleeves. I'm not always spot-on when it comes to sewing a straight line (there's an understatement!), so I figured I could line the sleeves, as I've done before. That way I could use two fabrics as well as
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Okay. So, the first thing you want to do after pre-washing and drying your fabric is probably iron it. Otherwise you end up with fabric that looks like mine, heh heh. Luckily you can't really see the wrinkles in my black fabric.
Then you will cut 2 pairs of flutters, as directed by the tutorial. I chose these colors because they are pretty contrasting, and therefore relatively easy to see what I'm doing. Though I realize now that there is no obvious right side/wrong side, doh! Sorry about that. With my dress, I decided that the black would be the side that shows and the pink would be the underside. Is that even a word? Anyway, you get my meaning, right?
The tutorial says to make a narrow hem at the straight edge of the sleeve. This is where I place 2 of the sleeve pieces right sides together and pin. If you are planning to use piping (or even lace!), go ahead and add it in!
I know my pieces are not perfectly cut and you can see how the black piece peeks out underneath the pink. Erm....I did that on purpose so you could see that they are layered, right sides together...uh, yeah.
Next you sew along that straight edge. I like to use a 1/8" SA on my flutters, though a 1/4" or 0.5cm SA are good, too, depending on how you want your flutter to look (just trim it down after you've sewn it if you go with 1/4" or 0.5cm).
Don't forget to press. Press the seam towards the lining so that when you do the understitching, it is caught in the stitching.
|Ugh, I need a new iron cover. I'll get to that project....um....someday.|
The tutorial will then guide you through how to do gathers, and it will produce some lovely flutter sleeves to go with your Eleena Dress. Ta-da!
What's that you say? You thought you would see the whole dress? Well, my friends, I'm sorry but I'll have to ask you to wait a while for that. But I promise I will post it once it's finished.
Thanks for visiting, and happy sewing!