Sew-Along #3 – Construct the Toile

18 Nov

So we are all cut out and ready to get sewing!

The first step is to stitch the side back pieces to the centre back and one side front to each front piece. Remember your seam allowance is 1.5cm(where mine is 1cm so dont worry if your seam allowance looks bigger than mine) If you don’t know what piece is what(because the print out doesn’t tell you) use the diagrams on page 172 and 173 to determine this. Match your notches and slightly stretch the fabric until it fits if need be. You will find that the side front and front pieces are not the same length, this is fine.

On the back press your seam allowance towards the centre back and on the front pieces press your seam allowance towards the centre front edges.

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Press seams towards centre back

Now you can attach the front and back pieces by the shoulder seams and press open.

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Press shoulder seams open

The next step in the book is about the pocket. We are not going to worry about this on the toile so I will skip this step.

Now it starts to get a bit tricky. First we need to stitch the two under collar pieces together and press the seam open. Once you have done that you need to attach the under collar to the lapels of the front pieces. I have made a little video of this part because it is too difficult to photograph. Apologies for the bit in the middle where you can’t really see what i’m doing. This is literally the first video I have ever made so bear with me!

Once your under collar is in it will start to resemble a blazer!

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Looking good!

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