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We’re giving away AGF Limited Edition fabric bundles from new collections by Sara Lawson, April Rhodes and Caroline Hulse! We have projects and tips from each of these talented designers, plus every day gives you a chance to win a new fat quarter bundle. Sara Lawson joined us with her free Brookfield Bag Pattern featuring Jungle Ave., and April Rhodes shows you how easy it is to sew French Seams for a professional finish.

April Rhodes shows French Seams used in sweet skirts for her daughters featuring her new Arizona Limited Edition fabric collection. Arizona incorporates fresh color and geometric shapes with a Native American design influence for a “Bohemian South West” vibe.

Comment for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Arizona! Note your favorite print in the collection or share what you would sew with your bundle. You can also just share some love for April’s work… Have you made The Staple Dress?!

How to Sew French Seams

I love French Seams! In my second pattern, The Date Night Dress, I decided to use all french seams because that’s how much I love them.

They are quick, simple and clean. Especially nice for kids’ clothes that need to endure lots of wash cycles. This is a perfect technique to use when working with fabrics that tend to fray heavily or if you just want a professional, polished finish without a serger or overlock stitch. With a French Seam all raw edges are completely enclosed. No unraveling.

The technique may, at first, feel counter intuitive but once you’ve tried it you’ll see it’s quite simple and makes perfect sense. There is only a bit of extra math involved in order to determine your finished seam allowance. I will explain how to sew a French Seam if your pattern includes either a 1/2″ or 5/8″ seam allowance (SA).

Begin by placing fabric together with WRONG sides facing.

If 1/2″ seam allowances are included, sew a 1/4″ seam.

If 5/8″ SA included, sew a 3/8″ seam.

Next carefully trim seam allowance to 1/8?.

Press seam allowances open.

Turn again so that RIGHT sides are now facing and first stitch line is along the edge, press.

Stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Finally turn right sides out and voila! You have a completely encased French Seam. So pretty and clean.

This pretty little French Seam is now on the inside of a quick gathered skirt for my toddler.
However, it wouldn’t be right to make something for one daughter and not the other, so I stitched her big sister one as well! Yay!

Happy Summer Sewing!

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