|All the parts sewn together, and the armhole bound.|
(Pictures and more beyond the cut!)
|All the layers stacked and pinned.|
|The layers sewn all the way around.|
|The garment turned. I did press before I topstitched, but I suppose you don't have to. If you don't you're a more intrepid soul than I.|
A note on the arm binding - I only got the right one done because I ran out of thread. Also, I did NOT do the binding the exact same way the factory sample has been sewn, as I'm doing a contrast-stitched garment. The sample has a rolled binding, and looks to be done with stitch-in-the-ditch (or possibly a binder attachment, but I doubt it). I wanted that line of stitching to show, so I essentially did it backwards so that I could edgestitch from the outside of the garment. I don't know if that made ANY sense, but it may become clearer when I demo how to do the armhole binding as it was done on the sample. (I do have two more vests to make!)
To do the edgestitched binding I used here, start by prepping the self-fabric bias strips. Fold em' in half, and press. Fold one half in to the center and press again.
|The binding strip - the top edge is a raw edge; the other side has been folded in.|
|I heart the heck out of my burly old table machine!|
Unfold the center press of the binding, and pull the binding to the outside. Again, the picture will help show what I mean:
|Pull the binding out then fold it back down to cover the raw edges.|
|Edgestitch nice and close to the edge - voila! Your armhole is bound!|
I might do another little project in the meantime....