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This week I did some serious sewing on my cropped tee pattern. I sewed in the sleeves, installed the zipper, attached the neck bands, and finished the hem. Read on to sew along for my July 2017 issue Mash Up!

Step 1

Last week I finished with prepping the sleeve and my first step here was to pin it into the tee. It is a raglan sleeve line (which I love to wear and sew), so I matched up the underarm points of both the sleeve and the bodice and sewed together along the armhole lines.

Step 2

After I sewed in the sleeves I wanted to continue the topstitching on either side of my front panels. So I pressed and topstitched from the right side my allowances towards the sleeve.

Step 3

View of my front panel.

Step 4

Next I pinned my top sleeve lines together and finished the edges first with my serger so I would be able to press these seam allowances open.

Step 5

I sewed together along my seamline.

Step 6

My sleeve all sewn in, I repeated for the other sleeve as well.

Step 7

Now it was time for the neck band! I first sewed the shoulder seams of each front and back neck band, right sides together.

Step 8

I stitched and pressed each shoulder seam open and then laid them right sides together matching up the shoulder seams. I sewed together along the top inner-circle edge, clipped and graded my seam allowances and then flipped the neckband wrong side together so the outer edges matched.

Step 9

Next was to attach the neck band to the top. So I marked the center fronts on both the top and band to help pin into place. I also matched up the shoulder seams of the band to the top sleeve seams.

Step 10

I pinned the opposing curves together and sewed along the seamline.

Step 11

After the neck band was attached, I serge-finished all the seam allowances together and pressed downwards.

Step 12

I also topstitched the seam allowances below the neck seam.

STep 13

Now it was time for the zipper! I first serge-finished my center back edge. I started each serged seam at the neck and wrapped my serge tail into the stitch to secure the ends.

Step 14

To establish the perfect hem width, I aligned with the zipper and measured up from the hem edge to the bottom of the zipper. This was the amount I had to hem the top by.

Step 15

I pressed the hem up the same amount from center back to center back all around the bottom edge of the top.

Step 16

I stitched the hem in place and then pressed the center back seam allowances to the wrong side. I first pinned the zipper to my top at the bottom matching the end of the zipper with the finished hem.

Step 17

Before sewing the zipper to my top, I installed a zipper foot so I could get close to the fabric fold and the zipper teeth along the zipper tape. I sewed from the top of the zipper stop to the bottom of the separating zipper.

Step 19

To finished the top zipper tapes, I pushed them down and stitched in place from the right side at the neck edge.

Step 18

Lastly, I pressed up my sleeve hem allowance and topstitched into place.

That concludes part 2 of my swim tee Mash Up! Next week I’ll debut the finished project, and if you want to sew along make sure to check out Part 1.

Happy Sewing!



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    Jul 28, 2017, 11.14 PMby adrianlowski

    I can’t wait for the finished project

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    Jul 25, 2017, 06.16 PMby calatrava92

    This is a cool idea since swim tees are very expensive and for the amount and type of wear they get it just makes sense to make some yourself for half the price!

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    Jul 24, 2017, 03.23 PMby judydormessant

    So beautiful !

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    Jul 24, 2017, 02.40 PMby Fressine

    Love this dress !

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    Jul 23, 2017, 02.53 PMby Dana Frye Bergman

    I love the fabric you used! What is it called?

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    Jul 21, 2017, 06.00 AMby hello Itsme

    i can’t wait to see this, lovely! the combo of fabrics is perfect =D

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