Sewing Instructions for the Ladies Asymmetrical Hem Top:
Step 1. Print pattern, and assemble according to directions.
Print pattern, transfer end of side seam marking and assemble according to directions. Due to the asymmetrical hem, this is a fairly large pattern. To save ink and paper, I recommend printing the pattern once, cutting out the back pattern piece first and then trimming the pattern and cutting out the front piece.
IMPORTANT!!!: When cutting the second pattern piece, you must flip the fabric over! (Ex: Lay fabric face up and cut out back bodice, then flip fabric over so it is face down and cut out front bodice piece.) This will ensure your asymmetrical hem is on the correct side!
Step 2: Hemming the Neckline and Sleeves.
Fold the edge of the neckline and sleeve for the front and back bodice over 3/8 inch. (Use plenty of spray starch.) Sew the hem edge with a zig zag, stretch stitch or using a stretch double needle.
Step 3: Assembly:
Line up the shoulder seams and sew together using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Because my fabric was so stretch and thin, I opted to reinforce the shoulder seam with a bit of clear elastic. (It was 3/8 inch elastic that I cut in half. I just pinned the elastic on the edge of the fabric and sewed right over it.)
Line up the side seams and sew along the sides. Don’t forget to stop at the end of side seam mark for the long side. (I made this top twice, forgot both times and had to rip out the serged side seam!)
Using a straight stitch, sew past the end of side seam mark, by 1 inch. This is especially important if you are using a serger or zig zag stitch on the side seams. This straight stitch allows you to get a flat press on the hem transition.
Step 4: Hemming the bottom.
Fold the remaining side seam over 3/8 inch and bottom hem 1/2 inch. Use plenty of spray starch.
When you get to the bottom corner, just fold the edge in for a nice corner and pin.
Sew around the bottom and side with a zig zag or double needle.
That’s it, you’re done!
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My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics.
My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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