Easy way to finish long sleeves at the wrist so they fit properly


Hey everyone, I’ve got several long sleeved
smocked bishops and dresses planned for the upcoming months, and here is how I finished
the sleeve closure using the continuous placket method. Another good option would be to do an elastic
casing, but both the placket and elastic casing method will allow your little one’s hand
to slide out of the sleeve without the sleeve being huge around their wrist. Okay so to get started, you can see that I’ve
put my garment together to the point that I would normally sew the sleeve and side seams
together with French seams. But before I do that, I’m going to gather
up the bottom of the sleeve. You could also put some little knife pleats
or something in here, and of course, you could smock the bottom of the sleeve instead. It’s all up to you. Whenever I gather fabric, I use two rows of
stitches. One row on each side of where my permanent
stitches will go later on. Then I decided to put some pipping on the
bottom of the sleeve. Of course, entirely optional. You could’ve done some lace instead – that
would be really sweet. I cut my piping an inch longer than my daughter’s
wrist circumference to allow for seam allowance and a little bit of wiggle room. After giving the piping a trimming, I sewed
it to the bottom of the sleeve. Then I ripped a piece of fabric to use for
the placket. I just grabbed a scrap of fabric and measured
2 inches wide. Then I found the back of the sleeve and went
about half way in between where the sleeve seam will go and the outside of the sleeve. Carefully cut a straight line a few inches
down. Then I put the placket piece right sides together
with the sleeve and sewed along. You can angle the sleeve off a little bit
and this will avoid that bunch up at the bottom of the sleeve. Just put your needle down, adjust your fabric,
and you should be good to continue sewing. You can see how I angle the fabric back as
I continue sewing. It’s good practice to check the bottom of
your placket to make sure there isn’t a bunch of fabric caught in those stitches,
and then I cut a slit to release the tension. I also trim up the placket strip and then
ironed it over twice so that folded edge lines up with the machine stitches. I’ll hand sew this down later using those
machine stitches. Finally, I matched up the top of the sleeve
and folded the placket in half to find the bottom of the placket. Then I took this to my machine to sew a handful
of stitches at the bottom of the placket. These stitches help the placket to lay flat
and stay in position. Then I took a 2 inch wide piece of bias strip
and folded it in half and gave that an ironing. I took that to my machine and sewed it to
the sleeve end with the sleeve end on top so I could go over those previous stitches
of the piping. That way I get a really clean transition between
the piping to the fabric. Now you’ll want to leave an inch or so of
that bias strip fabric hanging off on the sides of the placket closure. Contrary, you can cut the bias strip flush
with the sides of the sleeve that will be sewn together using the French seam. Those raw edges will be enclosed with the
French seam. Then I ironed the bias strip over and I’ll
hand sew that later. But for now, I just make sure those edges
stay folded over as I take that to my machine to sew the sleeve and side seam of the dress
together using a French seam. And I have a detailed video on how to sew
French seams that I’ll link below. Finally, I did my hand sewing. I start by sending my needle on the underside
of the placket so the tail of the thread is hidden. Then I go through a machine stitch twice to
create a loop, and then wrap my needle around that loop twice and pull tight – that’s
my go-to method for tying onto fabric – and it should look familiar if you’ve seen my
other videos. Anywho, then I fold over the bias strip and
take my needle from the machine stitches right straight to the folded part of the bias strip. It may be a little off when getting started,
but just give it a tug and everything should fall right into place. And I just continue stitching until I get
to the other side and tie off in the same loop manner as before and finally, I send
my needle inside the bias band so that tail can be hidden. And I repeat the same thing to the other side. Now from here, you could close the placket
with a snap or use a button loop/button combo. And I have a video on how to make button loops
that I’ll link below as well. I hope this video was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them
in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. As always, I appreciate y’all for watching
and I hope to catch ya next time.

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