Friday, March 25, 2016

Three's a Charm Jacket Sewalong - Finishing

Full schedule of posts here.
We're almost there!  By the end of this post, you should have a finished Three's a Charm jacket!

We left off on Wednesday with an almost complete jacket, but we didn't hem the sleeves.  Luckily, it's the only thing to hem!  That's the beauty of those facings.

Before you do hem the sleeves, now is a good time to try on your jacket and see how everything is fitting.  If you want to take in the sleeves, do it now!

When you're ready to hem the sleeves, first finish the edge.  Again, we used our serger to do this.  Then fold under the amount you want to hem (1 1/8" is allowed) and stitch.  Try our tip from earlier if your machine doesn't have a seam guide that goes that far.

Since you're stitching in a circle, you don't need to backstitch.  Just overlap a few stitches when you get to the end to secure your threads.  Now give that a good press, and don't forget to bust out your sleeve board if you have one!

If you're like us, you may have one decision left - what kind of closure to use.  Not that you necessarily need to use one at all; the closures are optional.  We decided to use a button.

But which one??
Some people pick their button(s) with their fabric, but personally, I like to audition buttons on a completed or nearly completed garment.  With some help from our sales associates, we picked out a few contenders and laid them out on the jacket.

In the end, I decided on this cute red button for a pop of color.  And I love how the white rim echoed the polka dots.

The jacket's instructions tell you to make your buttonhole before you do the topstitching around the facing, but since we weren't sure what we were going to do, we held off on this.  Now that we have a button, we can make a buttonhole to match.

What kind of closure (if any) are you using?  Let us know in the comments!  And make sure to send us pictures of your completed jacket!  We'll be sharing some finished Three's a Charms on Monday, the last blog in this sewalong.  See you then!

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