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French seam on gathered sleeve?

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    Profile photo of KerrilynKerrilyn @Kerrilyn

    I am sewing with a lovely cotton voile and have used all French seams so far as they are neat and not too heavy. I seem to remember someone saying you can do French seams on sleeves. I have on a raglan style sleeve but would it work on a gathered set in sleeve? What should I be careful of when constructing it? I want to avoid any unpicking! Any words of wisdom, tutorials or vids you could share or point me to?

    Thanks so much.

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    Profile photo of EllenMCMEllenMCM @EllenMCM

    I’ve done it! I press very carefully.

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    Profile photo of mkhsmkhs @mkhs

    There’s a good Grainline tutorial for french seamed sleeves:

    French All Your Seams

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    I do it all the time. However, on a really very poofy sleeve, it can get too bulky. What pattern are you working with?

    As for tips, it’s not that much different than a regular French seam. I tend to use a lot of hand basting when I set sleeves, particularly tiny ones. I also feel I get a better finish with French seams when they’re set in the round rather than flat.

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    Profile photo of KerrilynKerrilyn @Kerrilyn

    I did it (on the lisette market blouse) And I am happy. Thanks for the encouragement to give it a go. I often lack confidence to tackle these things.

    After thinking I decided to add a gathering row to the first pass area so I had three rows of gathering. Then when I pinned the first time I made sure I pinned the final stitching line and that it all was flush. Other than that normal French seam deal. Yes I did it in the round as I had already French seamed the sides when I asked.

    Here it is, inside out and from the back. I am in love with the neat finish! This voile is lovely to sew even if it’s a tad slippery.

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    perfect!

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    Really lovely.

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    SO satisfyingly neat and tidy!

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