After years of sewing home décor, accessories and quilts, I’ve recently been getting back into garment construction. Although a bit rusty at the beginning, I’ve found that it has been rewarding and a lot of fun to create clothing pieces that fit well and look good.
Learning some new finishing techniques has made such a difference in updating patterns and giving garments a professional look. The latest finish I’ve learned is how to make a top stitched French seam. This is the seam used on jeans, denim jackets and work shirts. It is created by making a double seam that is used to hide the rough edges of fabric, and then top stitching the seam into place. I used it to finish a couple of casual swing dresses with great results.
Here are the steps to create this seam:
One of the joys of working at Redding Fashion Alliance is the opportunity to share ideas and techniques with other makers. Learning new skills helps keep sewing fresh and fun!
By: Jan Kearns
Co-Executive Director of the Redding Fashion Alliance, sewist, and owner of the handmade neckwear company Gold Coast Goods.