Welcome to part 2 of the Butterick B4985 short sleeve blouse sewing project.
If you’ve missed the first part of this series or have fallen behind, Simply visit Sewing Project, part 1 – The Butterick B4985 Easy Blouse and you can catch up from there.
Let’s make a start!
How to Sew the Butterick B4985 Easy Blouse Sewing Pattern -
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How I made the blouse -
1 – The introduction of course.
2 - Pin Collars – Right side to right side, baste and machine sew a 1cm (3/8inch) seam.
3 - Trim – Grade and clip the seam.
4 – Press – Using your thumb and index finger, finger press the seam open. Turn the collar to the right side and press the collar with a steam iron. The collar is now complete. Place to one side until needed.
Moving onto the Sleeve -
5 - Gathering Stitch – I’ve created a video to show how this is done – click ‘How to Gather Stitch’ to see a demonstration. You need to stitch two rows of stitching to the head and end of the sleeve.
6 - Sleeve Seam – Sew a 1.5cm (5/8inch) seam allowance and press seam open. I would fit the sleeve on a dress form or on yourself, just to check that you are happy with the shape.
7 - Sleeve Band – Press the un-notched edge 1cm (3/8inch).
8 - Band and Sleeve – Insert the band into the sleeve with right sides together, matching up all pattern markings and the seam. Adjust gathers if necessary then pin, baste and machine sew 1.5cm (5/8inch). Remove the rows of gathers and trim seam allowance.
9 - Sew Sleeve to Band – When you are sewing the gathers, adjust them as you sew to keep them even and as flat as possible.
10 - Slipstitch – Slipstitch the pressed edge over the seam, this part of the sleeve is complete. Click ‘How to Slipstitch‘ to see a video demonstration.
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Happy fashion sewing
Colleen G Lea