Did this sew-along feel quick to you? We’re only on day 4 and we’re finishing up today! I love a quick make that has some detail to it!
To see all of the sew-along post links together, go to the Gunmetal Sew-Along page to see all the posts. If you still need to buy your Gunmetal pattern, click here to go to the Lolita Patterns shop. You have the option to buy the paper copy, a PDF copy or a paper copy with D-rings.
Stitch and attach skirt/peplum
Baste around the bottom of your bodice and lining with 1/4″ seam allowance to hold them in place,and treat as one, while you attach your skirt or peplum. Stitch front skirt overlay to the back skirt overlay- the front is a little wider than the back- just in case you lose track of which is which. Repeat for fashion fabric.
Put your fashion fabric skirt inside the overlay skirt and match wrong sides together and stitch with 1/4″ seam allowance to hold them together.
Stitch your skirt combo to the bottom of your bodice, with right sides together. Make sure you catch the ruffles, lining and top- stitched ribbon in this seam.
I attached long sleeves to my burgundy Gunmetal so I’m going to show you how to finish the sleeves on my red version.
First take your sleeve cap and gather between the notches. Then, sew underarm seam.
Set in the sleeve. you might have to do some smoothing of the gathers at this point. Pin and stitch in place. Sometimes I like to baste a sleeve in, check to see that the gathers look good on the right side, then restitch them. You can also baste and then use your serger. If you don’t have a serger, you can always use a zig zag stitch but you can also use an overlock stitch on your basic machine, too.
Pinned sleeve to the armhole.
To add elastic on View B, cut a piece that is the length of your arm circumference. Stitch the ends together to make a loop. You want the elastic to be just a bit smaller than your sleeve opening. Fold in half and mark. You can also fold in quarters and mark again, if you’d like.
Match your seam and the half mark on your elastic to the underarm seam and half mark on the sleeve. As you zig zag your elastic in place, hold your elastic from the front and the back, stretching it as you go. When you need to stop to readjust or take out pins, make sure you end with your needle down so your elastic has less ability to move around.
Here’s the clear elastic zig zagged in place.
Fold up your hem over the elastic and stitch your hem. You can also, stitch up your hem and, leaving an opening, thread your straight piece of elastic and then stitch it into a loop.
For View A, your sleeves get turned up 3/8″ and hemmed without elastic, as you can see below. I’ve sergerd the raw edges of my netting before turning it up and stitching in place. A straight stitch is just fine.
Lace D-rings/attach buttons
You can now lace the ribbon through your D-rings, starting at the bottom so you can have a nice bow at the top. Or lace it from top to bottom. Your choice! If you’re doing View A, you’ll want to sew on your buttons.
Hem your peplum/skirt and you’re done!
Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a Gunmetal! We’d love to see what you just made! Visit the Lolita Patterns Gunmetal Flickr Group and add your photos! Thank you for joining us on this sew-along.
***We’ll be starting the Spearmint Sew-Along on February 3rd! Hop on over to the Lolita shop to get your copy of Spearmint. You can get a PDF or paper copy as well as pick up some hair canvas at a really great price for the neck flounce. ***