Welcome back after drinking your coffee and your break. Now let the real fun begin, we are going to start sewing in earnest, but of course, you know that we are not going straight to the machine, switch on your iron, get the instructions to hand and collect a couple of scraps of the fabric which you have cut out.
Out with your iron again to get a sharp edge around the neck, and pin the other side of the bias binding to the reverse side of your fabric, Now it is back to the hand stitching, to slip stitch this into place, remember to pick up only one or two threads so that your stitches do not show. Carefully press the binding into place. Next repeat the bias binding process around the sleeves just as we have done with the neck.
Finally we have the hem, there are a variety of ways of doing this, from simply rolling over 1/4" and pressing, followed by 1/2" and just top stitching it (yes, I know it's running stitch, you know it's running stitch but calling it top stitching makes it sound couture!) Or we could slip stitch it into place... or we could have real fun by using a stitch on your sewing machine called blind hemming stitch which places a tiny vertical stitch which is seen externally and is almost invisible, hence the name.
One last press with the iron and find a small child to model it for you.
Right over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone has been up to this week.
And finally congratulations to Handbags by Helen, who is the winner of the log cabin cushion giveway... I will be in touch by mail to get her address and be off to the PO.