Lonetree Sewalong Pt 12: Final Finishes & Hem
We made it to the final post of the Lonetree Sewalong! There are just a few final steps and your Lonetree Jacket or Vest will be ready to thrown on and wear out. In this segment, we'll be hemming the Lonetree, topstitching the collar, and inserting our drawstring.
Just tuning in? Here’s the full Lonetree Sewalong schedule so that you can catch up.
- Feb 20 | Pt 1: Gathering Your Supplies
- Feb 21 | Pt 2: Cutting out the Pattern
- Feb 22 | Pt 3: Applying Interfacing and Finishing Raw Edges
- Feb 23 | Pt 4: Marking the Pattern Pieces
- Feb 24 | Pt 5: Sewing the Pockets
- Feb 25 | Pt 6: Sewing Side Seams, Drawstring Casing, and Shoulder Seams
- Feb 27 | Pt 7: Sewing the Sleeves and Cuffs (View A)
- Feb 28 | Pt 8: Sewing the Optional Hood
- Mar 1 | Pt 9: Sewing the Armscye Facings (View B)
- Mar 2 | Pt 10: Sewing the Facings and Collar
- Mar 3 | Pt 11: Sewing the Zipper
- Mar 4 | Pt 12: Final Finishes and Hem
Let's dive right in so you can feel the satisfaction of a finished garment as soon as possible! First, we'll topstitch the top and bottom of the collar.
Place pins along the bottom collar seam to ensure that the outer and inner collar seams are perfectly aligned. Topstitch along the top and bottom of the collar with a 1/4" or 1/8" seam allowance.
Next, align the jacket or vest shoulder seams with the facing shoulder seams. I place a pin down this seam to ensure that the seams are perfectly aligned. Carefully stitch in the ditch from the right side of the garment to tack the facing down at this seam.
This next step is optional and not included in the Lonetree instructions.
I prefer to sew the back facing down so that it doesn't flip up when I put the jacket on. To do this, I pin the bottom curved edge of the facing to the back bodice. Then, from the wrong side of the jacket I sew the facing down along the serger seam (roughly 1/4" from the facing's edge). Stitch carefully here as this line of stitching will be visible from the right side of the garment.
Press the hem of your jacket or vest towards the wrong side by 1". (When you turned the zipper and jacket corners right side out, the facings will have created a guide from which to press the rest of the hem). Topstitch the hem with a 3/4" seam allowance.
Attach a safety pin to one end of your twill tape drawstring. Feed it through the drawstring casing.
Pull the drawstring through the casing so that the tails are roughly equivalent in length. Expand the waistline so that there are no gathers along the drawstring casing. Trim the drawstring tails to 8".
Feed each tail through a cord stop (I roll the end in tape to make this easier) and tie the end of the drawstring into a knot. Trim the twill tape below the knot.
That's it, you're done! Nice work, folks, sewing up a new jacket or vest is no small feat. You should be proud!
We'd love for you to add your creation and pattern review to the Lonetree product page. Thanks so much for following along with this sewalong and enjoy your new jacket or vest!
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