Today we are going to attach the sleeves and stitch the side seams. Follow Step 3 in your pattern instructions. The seams are joined using French Seams. French Seams are used for seaming most light weight baby clothes. They are soft on baby's delicate skin and are stronger. French seams are made by sewing the wrong sides together, trimming the first seam allowance to slightly less than 1/8" and stitching again with right sides together in a 1/8" seam. For detailed instructions, See French Seam Instructions.
Put a towel over your ironing board cover to protect it when you starch.
The first thing I will do is starch and press each piece I will join.
Pin Back of Sleeve to Daygown Back. Wrong sides together for first stitching of the French Seam.
Pin the Sleeve to the Daygown, matching back of sleeve to back of Daygown. Match the upper edge and pin, then match the lower edge and pin. Stretch the fabric gently so they will fit together and pin the center. Then pin as necessary.
Both back sleeves are pinned to the Back Daygown and ready to sew.
Pin both sleeves to the Back Daygown, then stitch. Stitch from the neck down toward the underarm.
Close up of the Pfaff Straight Stitch/Quilting Foot
Stitch 1/4" away from the fabric edge, removing pins before stitching. The Quilting/Straight Stitch Foot is great for French Seams. They give you more control over the fabric, feeding fabric smoothly. And you can line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the Foot, which is exactly 1/4" away from the needle.
First seam of the French Seam has been stitched,trimmed and pressed. Now sew with right sides together in 1/8" seam.
Be sure to hold the thread at the beginning of each seam for a smooth start. And back stitch to secure seam at beginning and end.
Pin the Daygown Fronts to the Sleeve Fronts, wrong sides together for the first stitching of the French Seam.
The easiest way I have found to sew garments together using a French Seam is to sew all sleeve seams at one time wrong sides together, trim them all at the same time, press them all, turn them all right sides together so you are ready to stitch the final seam. This is much less confusing than completing each seam one at a time. Do the same with the Side Seams.
Unfinished neck edge is shown with sleeves attached to Daygown Front and Back.
Pin the Daygown Front and Back (wrong sides together for first stitching) then sew in a French Seam.
Pin Daygown Front and Back together, including the sleeves. Pin the underarm seam first,matching underarm seams, then pin the sleeve edge, then pin the hem. If you need to stretch the fabric just slightly to match, that's ok. Pin as necessary before sewing in a French Seam. Stitch both Side Seams at the same time, stitching in a French Seam.
Sleeves and Side Seams are stitched!
Now, put everything back in your Project Box.
Until Next Time!