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The Otari Hoodie Sew Along Part 7, Bands, thedreamstress.com

The Otari Hoodie Sew-Along #7: Hem & Sleeve Bands

We’re more than halfway along in the Otari Hoodie Sew-Along!  Today’s post covers adding the hem and sleeve bands, and then it’s on to zips. Buy the Otari Hoodie Pattern Here In the previous Otari Hoodie Sew Along posts I covered: #1 Choosing fabric #2 Pattern alterations to get the perfect fit, & cutting out #3 Sewing Preparation: interfacing & choosing stitches  #4 View A Pockets #5 View B Pockets – including a hack to add binding to them #6 Sleeves & Side Seams  For this part of the Sew Along I’m going to be using images taken when making the original sample Otari Hoodies for the pattern launch. The numbering of the instructions in this post corresponds to the numbering of the pattern’s instructions. The Hem Band 15. Fold your hem band wrong sides together, lengthwise, so it forms a long narrow band, and press. 16. Right sides together, matching notches and front edges, pin/clip and sew your hem band to the bottom edge of the hoodie. Tip>>> You’ll need to stretch the hem band slightly …

The Otari Hoodie Sew-Along #6: Sleeves & Body

The Otari Hoodie Sew-Along continues.  Today’s post is the fun part, where you sew the sleeves to the body, and it starts to look like an actually garment! If you want to join in you’re not to late to catch up with the Sew-Along Buy the Otari Hoodie Pattern Here In the previous Otari Hoodie Sew Along posts I covered: #1 Choosing fabric #2 Pattern alterations to get the perfect fit, & cutting out #3 Sewing Preparation: interfacing & choosing stitches  #4 View A Pockets #5 View B Pockets – including a hack to add binding to them Sleeves: For this part of the Sew Along I’m going to be using images taken when making the original sample Otari Hoodies for the pattern launch. The numbering of the instructions in this post corresponds to the numbering of the pattern’s instructions. 12. Right sides together, sew Front A to Back B at shoulders.  As with many of the steps in the Otari Hoodie, you can use an overlocker (like I am), or a sewing machine on a stretch stitch. …

Scroop Henrietta Maria with a drawstring waist thedreamstress.com

How to add a drawstring waist to the Scroop Henrietta Maria Dress

I’ve already shown how to add an elastic waistband to the Scroop Henrietta Maria dress, but there is another way to add waist definition (other than the simplest of all: wearing a belt, of course!): with a drawstring. Here is how to create a drawstring on the Henrietta Maria.  This technique will work on any loose, straight-cut dress, so feel free to adapt it for other garments. You’ll be marking the waistband, working buttonholes for the drawstring to enter and exit through, sewing a casing channel, and then threading the drawstring through.  Easy! You’ll need: Ribbon or twill tape for a drawstring – under 1/2″ wide, and long enough to go around your waist, tie in a nice bow, and hang down an attractive amount. 2.5cm/1″ wide single-fold bias tape, as long as the finished waist measure of your Henrietta Maria (measure around your finished dress, or refer to the Finished Garment measurements in the pattern) + 15cm/6″. Chalk or fabric markers for marking A french curve or ruler. A scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing, approximately 5cm/2″ …