Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

I have been reading these couple of sentences repeatedly, but I can’t get my head around it.
The instructions are referring to the hem of the jacket:

1: On lower front edges, turn facings forward again. Turn hem allowance to inside and press.

Me: Do I only press the hem allowance of the facing, not the lining?

2: Topstitch from 2cm hem edge, beginning and ending 7 mm from front edges and not catching lining. Topstitch 7 mm from front edges.

Me: I really can’t visualise this topstitching. Is it only happening on the facing, but not catching onto the front fabric? I’m confused :(

3: Turn lining under along hem edge and press fold edge lightly.

Me: Ok.

4: Push up in a shallow curve and pin to hem allowance.

Me: Pin the lining allowance onto itself?

5: Sew facings and lining in place.

Me: How do I do that?

6: Lay extra length of lining down and press lightly.

Me: Now this is completely unclear to me…

Well, as you can see I really need some help figuring out the jacket hems!
Can someone point me to the light? :)
Thank you so much!



2 Posts Sign in to add a post

  • Rita_for_burdastyle_photo_large

    Feb 26, 2014, 10.34 PMby rita61

    To the best of what I read: 1. Yes, the facing and the jacket. 2. You are top stitching the jacket hem in place. 4 & 5 & 6 – basically bagging your lining, and stitching it to the jacket hem by hand. I will be making this jacket in a few weeks, but I have been studying the directions. Can’t wait to see your finished version.

  • Img_2020_large

    Mar 1, 2014, 01.52 AMby Deanna31

    Hi. Wow those are crazy instructions!! To the best of my knowledge, this is what it means:

    1. Fold over the hem allowance (the self – the outside fabric) to the inside and press. Don’t press the lining yet.

    2. If you look at the picture of the jacket you will see that 2cm from the bottom of the hem there is a row of stitching. From the folded edge of the self, measure 7mm in from the front and 2cm up from the hem, and sew all the way around. Stop 7mm before you reach the other end. This topstitching should go through the outside and the seam allowance – through both layers

    3. Flip the jacket over and fold the lining to the inside and press lightly (this isn’t the final pressing). The fold of the lining should be about 1cm higher then the fold of the self. It gets a bit tricky in the front – In the very front, there needs to be no overhang of the lining so that there are no holes showing. So you need to push the lining higher toward the front, so that the edge of the fold of the lining meets the 2cm topstitch. Press lightly. Then go into the inside of the jacket and pin the seam allowance of the lining to the seam allowance of the self.

    4.Then sew the seam allowances together probably as close as possible to the topstitching row.

    5. Put the jacket on a mannequin or someone else or yourself and let the lining drop into place. Pin the lining hem to the self, take it off and give the lining one last good press.

    voila all done!!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Recent Posts