Thursday, 8 May 2014
A Dress for Meg - 2 - Felled Seams
For the shoulder seams on Meg's dress I have done felled seams. There are various ways of doing felled seams, working from the front or the back, with or without a prominent ridge from the fold. This is the method that I think works best on a child's garment, where the fold is on the inside.
First, with right sides together, I stitched the seam, and finger-pressed the seam open on the wrong side.
Then I trimmed down one of the seam allowances down by just under half its width.
The trimmed side of the seam is approximately three sixteenths of an inch.
Next I ironed the seam allowances to one side, the wider one covering the narrower one.
Then I turned the work over to work from the right side. The next line of machine stitching went directly alongside the seam line, through all three thicknesses of material. By keeping the seam line aligned with the edge of the left hand side of the foot...
... the stitching came out nice and straight. This is the right side.
Then I turned the work over again, and folded under the raw edge of the wider seam allowance, and ironed it into place.
Now for the third line of machine stitching, worked on the wrong side, along the folded edge.
To keep this line of machining straight, I used the outer edge of the left hand side of the foot as a guide, keeping an even distance between this stitching and the previous line of stitching.
Here is the finished seam, seen from the right side...
... and the wrong side.
Next step in this project will be drafting a pattern piece for a collar.
Linking up today to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday