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Simplicity blouse sewing pattern 8601
This is a pretty little blouse which I made with Simplicity 8601. Just in case you do not have an overlocker, or don't want to splash out on four bobbins of overlocker thread in a colour you will not use much I'll talk about the Overedge foot too.
The pattern is Simplicity 8601 which is a collection of easy to sew tops.
I decided to use this beautiful Chiffon fabric which was given to me - more about that later as it is connected to the wagon I was telling you about. Chiffon is quite slippery and it frays and snags so unless you have some sewing experience with it I recommend using a lightweight cotton, cotton Lawn for example. Cotton is much easier to sew.
The pattern ties at the front in all views and there are four sleeve options. I think it looks best with high waisted skirts or pants and depending on the fabric can be smart or casual.
Most patterns advise you to sew the side seams and then to insert the sleeves, but wherever possible I prefer to sew the sleeves in flat before I stitch the side seams.
The first step is to run a long basting stitch along the top of the sleeve within the seam allowance. This is used to ease the sleeve head into the armsyce.
By the way if your fabric is slipping or is difficult to sew then do change to a Walking Foot. This is a Brother but Jaycotts sell other makes, just give them a call and ask which is best for your machine. The number is 01244 394099
Never sew over your pins by the way, always remove them as you reach them. You could damage your machine if you don't.
This is an Overlock or Overedge foot Again, different makes are available so contact Jaycotts if one did not come with your machine, they often do so you may already have one.
You will notice that it has a "toe", this is the part which the machine needle zigzags over to form an overlocked seam. Overlock feet with side cutters are also available from Jaycotts. The open space next to the toe is placed right at the edge of the fabric.
I do use this foot a lot.
Overlocker thread can work out expensive because you need four bobbins, and it is not practical to keep every single colour in " just in case", so this foot comes into its own when I need to finish the seams on a garment in a colour I do not have the correct colour of overlocker thread for.
Have a practice run beforehand and adjust the stitch length and width if necessary.
Once you are happy with the results you are good to go. Jot down your settings so that you can finish the rest of the seams as you go without trying to remember them.
It is now a simple process to join the sleeve and blouse side seams in one process. Match the underarm seam carefully ,together with any notches .Once the seam is sewn finish the seam as before.
This is my button loop which I made with embroidery thread. You could use top stitching thread instead.