First thing I did was draw a hem facing by using the the pattern piece and some wax chalk ~
After cutting the hem facing out, serging the edges to finish them and stitching the side seam, I was left with this ~
The hem facing's other edge was then machine stitched flat to clean finish the edge for actual hand stitching the hem ~
The facing was pinned to the sleeve, matching the undersleeve seam ~
I set my sewing machine up with the extension table removed for freearm stitching with my zipper foot on the machine. I use my zipper foot even though there is a piping foot that can be purchased for my sewing machine. My zipper foot works well because I can get it close enough to the piping while it's encased in fabric.
Stitch close to the piping on the facing edge. I grade the seam by the piping join to remove some of the excess bulk. Then I pin the facing in, prior to pressing it ~
Next I edgestitch close to the piping on the outside of the sleeve, using a 2.9 stitch length on my machine ~
Finally everything is pressed flat using a silk organza pressing cloth and the clapper ~
Here is the sleeve once it's inserted into the garment ~
I think this is a great technique to add to your garments. It will help take them to the next level. If you've followed along here, you will realize that I'm a piping fiend and use a lot of it in my garments. I just like the touch it adds to them or maybe I'm just channeling Cynthia Guffey!
If you're interested in how I add piping to garments, I wrote post about it back in 2008 and you can find the information here. BTW, my Sewing Techniques link has some good information in it, if you're looking for a technique I've used in previous garments or just want to learn a new sewing skill.
Next up is a denim skirt from Vogue 1247. I loved my original skirt and can't believe I was able to reproduce it in a fabric for my new lifestyle. BTW, some time in 2016 I'm gonna stop using that phrase ~ I promise! *LOL*
...as always more later!