Day 5: Jedediah Sew-Along | Sewing the inseams August 22 2013

Today we will be sewing our flat fell inseams.  It'll be a nice, easy, and short day since we've already perfected our flat fell seams on the back yoke!

First, I've started by pinning the inseams together with the WRONG sides together.

Jedediah Sew-along

Jedediah Sew-along

I sewed this seam at 5/8" (you may need to ease a little bit as you sew so that the hem ends up even) and then carefully trimmed the seam on the Pants Back to 1/4".  Don't catch the other half of the seam (the one belonging to the Pants Front) when you are trimming!

Jedediah Sew-along

I've pressed the seam open (this will ensure your flat fell seam is crisp and even when it is done).

Jedediah Sew-along

Next, I've pressed the seam entirely to one side (with the narrow seam allowance laying on top).

Jedediah Sew-along

And here comes the fiddly bit: I've folded the wide seam allowance in towards the narrow seam allowance so that the two raw edges meet in the middle.  To do this I press as I go...keeping my fingers folding the seam allowances with one hand and following along with the iron with the other hand.

Jedediah Sew-along

I've then flipped this pressed seam allowance package over to the other side of the seam so that all the raw edges are enclosed and then I've pinned in place  (use lots of pins so your careful pressing doesn't become a bit wonky!)

Jedediah Sew-along

Now I've sewn 1/8" away from the loose edge, permanently enclosing the raw edges and creating a lovely (and strong!) flat fell seam.  Sewing along the pant legs is a bit tricky because they form a narrow tube (though it's easier with shorts than pants!) but believe me, it's possible...and you can do it if you take it slow and steady!

Jedediah Sew-along

Jedediah Sew-along

And just like that, we've sewn our RTW worthy flat fell inseams and our shorts are beginning to look like shorts!  Now that you're in the groove of things this week, we are ready to tackle the fly tomorrow!  Stay tuned because we have worked SUPER hard on this next post and think it will fully demystify the previously oft-dreaded fly sewing process.  I can't wait to show you what we've done!