Today we’ll be sewing our side seams using the French seam technique we learned when we made the shoulder seams. Since I already covered French seams, I’ll be skipping through this quite quickly. If you want a refresher on this technique, it’s here.
First, place your blouse the right way out and line up the side seams, WRONG sides together.
Adjust your machine to sew with a seam allowance of 7mm (5/16”) as before.
Sew up both side seams, wrong sides together, seam allowance 7mm.
Trim the seam allowance in half – to about 3mm (1/8”). Trim off any excess binding at this point as well.
Working from the inside of the blouse, press the seam allowances to one side.
Then turn the blouse inside out and press both seams so that the seam is on the fold.
Sew up both side seams, RIGHT sides together, with a seam allowance of 7mm. Make sure that the ends of the seam are nicely matched, in particular, the armhole end, as you won’t be able to adjust this later.
One last press and your side seams are done!
Here’s how it should look at this point.
Stay tuned for the next instalment – finishing the facings.