Day 2 of the Woodley Tee Sew-A-Long will feature attaching the sleeves, sewing the side seams, and hem finishes!
With right sides together and notches aligned, match one sleeve to one armhole. Pin. Starting at the shoulder seam, using your preferred knit stitch, sew in either direction towards the underarm, easing slightly as you go so that the sleeve edges line up with the armhole edges. If you are using a serger you will need to start from one edge and sew to the other rather than starting in the center. Press the seam allowances towards the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve and armhole.
For version 1 only, we will now assemble and attach sleeve cuffs.
Fold one sleeve cuff in half, with right sides together, matching the shorter edges. Stitch along the shorter edges using your knit stitch.
Fold the sleeve cuff in half, with wrong sides together, aligning the long edges in the round. Press.
OPTIONAL: At this point, to keep the raw edges of the sleeve cuff from
separating and shifting, zig-zag or serge the edges together. If you do this, you
can also serge or otherwise finish the sleeve opening at this time so you do not
have to worry about finishing this edge once the sleeve cuff has been sewn on.
With right sides together, and seams aligned, match the sleeve cuff to the sleeve. An easy way to do this is to insert the sleeve cuff into the sleeve opening with the sleeve turned wrong side out. Pin. Zig-zag or serge. Do not use a straight stitch as the sleeve cuff opening will need to stretch when worn.
Press the seam allowances towards the sleeve and the sleeve cuff away from the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve cuff and sleeve opening.
Sew Side Seams:
With right sides together, notches and underarms aligned, match the front and back together at one side seam. Pin. Stitch along the seam. Press the seam allowances towards the back.
Hem Sleeves and Body:
Here are two methods to choose from to complete the t-shirt sleeve and body hems:
OPTION 1: TWIN NEEDLE HEM
Serge or zig-zag the raw hem edge. Fold the hem up and to the wrong side 3/4" (1.9 cm). Press. With the right side of the shirt facing up, using a twin needle, start at one side seam and stitch around the hem 5/8" (1.6 cm) from the folded edge. Be very careful to let the fabric run easily through your machine with absolutely no pulling or stretching. Press to remove any ripples that might appear.
OPTION 2: FOLDED HEM WITH ZIG-ZAG OR STRETCH STITCH
Fold the raw hem edge under to the wrong side 3/8" (1 cm). Press. Fold to the wrong side again at the hem notch. Press. Pin. Starting at one side seam, with the wrong side of the shirt facing up, use a zigzag or stretch stitch to edgestitch along the top of the folded hem. Be very careful to let the fabric run easily through your machine with absolutely no pulling or stretching. Press to remove any ripples that might appear.
Give your t-shirt a final press and it is ready to wear!
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