Sewing Your Ana

 

Now that you’ve got your pattern pieces cut out we can move on to the fun part, sewing! 

First, we are going to hem the inner edges of both front pieces. I like to use a serger, but if you don’t have one, a zigzag stitch will work just fine.

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When doing hems, I always use the with of my serged edge as a guide for folding the fabric and creating a hem. 

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When stitching the hem in place, I move my needle all the way to the left, then use the left inner edge of my sewing machine foot as a guide. This allows me to get a stitch line nice and close to the edge.

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Next we will attach the two front pieces to the back. With right sides together, pin the two front pieces to back piece at shoulder seams, and sew together creating the shoulder/back seam.

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Tip: With slippery fabrics, I like to run my pins through twice, as this helps prevent the pins from slipping out when I move what I’m working on from the ironing board to the sewing machine.

Tip: when sewing over the inner edge of the front pieces, I like to do a reverse stitch for a little extra support in this area.

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Next, finish shoulder seam edge with a serger/zigzag stitch. 

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Turn garment right sides out and iron the shoulder seam flat, folding the seam allowance under and toward the back.

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Then, topstitch at the back neckline to keep the folded edge in place. 

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Next, finish off all remaining edges with serging/zigzag stitch, and then hem. 

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Lastly, create the armholes by topstitching front to back at outer edge.

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And that’s it, you now have your Ana! 

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