View PatternView PatternView PatternView PatternHow to SewHow to stitch a French seam How to stitch a French seamA double seam that encloses the raw edges of the seam allowance. Allow for a total 1.5cm seam. Stitch the seam wrong sides together using a 7mm seam allowance, then trim to 5mm and press to one side. Press the seam back on itself along the seam edge, with right sides together and sew a second 7mm seam. Finish by pressing the seam to one side. Where two French seams meet, match the seam lines wrong sides together and lay the seam allowances away from each other to reduce bulk. More Helpful Tips... Shape Up Your SleevesGive extra shape to frocks and tops with this handy sleeve enhancement. You can easily add interest to the head of the sleeve, and how it travels over the top of the arm, simply by using tucks, gathers, pleats and darts. Each of these will require a sligh Improve Your Rolled HemsGuarantee flowing hemlines that hang like a dream. Keen dressmaker Sarah Greeff has colourful memories of her first attempts at making a rolled hem. “I was first asked to make rolled hems for a colleague at Fenwick of Bond Street, a lovely Thai lady who h Perfect Your PipingAdd a luxury touch to collars, sleeves and hemlines. A little well-placed piping shows that you have added love to your garment. It’s that extra effort you put into defining a beautiful seam that makes an item special. To hand-make piping, buy cord in the Know Your OverlockingGet to grips with the best overlocking finishes for everyday stitching. The overlocker has a different feel to a regular sewing machine. The trick is to let the feed dog guide the fabric. Use your right hand to support the edge of the material, taking car Master French SeamsGet to grips with a clever seam favourite for a continental finish! French seams are common in clothes for children, where the skin is extra sensitive, as the inside is completely smooth. They also create a beautiful effect on structured garments, as they Fix a Frayed PocketA quick fashion fix with Amanda Bowden's classic miracle mend. The dread of torn stitching can be traumatic. Pockets are a common site of injury for catching on things, to say nothing of natural wear and tear as hands go in and out, and even the continuedPopularRecent Arabella Blouse Dave Dachshund Free Sewing Pattern Downloads Retro Mixtape Cushion Floaty Floral Three Quarter Sleeved Dress Art Gallery Fabric Unicorn Toy Stuffed Fabric Letters Sewing Bee Sleeveless Shell Top Sewing Bee Shift Dress Tweed Chicken Doorstop Make Your Own Bodycon Dress Wiggle Dress Arabella Blouse Carrie Blouse Violet Top Georgia the Pig Denim Jacket Memory Bear Charm Quilt Bomber Jacket Twiggy Shift Carnaby Christmas Lights Stefani Blouse Lisa Top and Skirt Sheena Pants Get all of your sewing essentials sent straight to your inbox! Please keep me up to date with regular emails from Sew MagazineYou need to tick the box above to confirm you want to recieve emails We have sent you a confirmation email, please confirm it.