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Lonetree Sewalong Pt 12: Final Finishes & Hem

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog. | Lonetree Sewalong Part 12

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.

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.

Topstitch Lonetree Collar |

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.

Stitch in the ditch at the shoulder seams | Lonetree Jacket and Vest

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.

Indiesew Blog | Sew Back Facing Down

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.

Sew Lonetree Jacket Hem | Pattern by Allie Olson

Attach a safety pin to one end of your twill tape drawstring. Feed it through the drawstring casing.

Feed drawstring through casing with safety pin. | Lonetree Jacket Sewing Pattern

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.

Trim Drawstring and Attach Cord Stops | Indiesew Tutorials

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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