Woohoo! Time to finish up those Laguna Tops! Note: It is also the last day to use coupon code LAGUNASAL2016 for 25% off your entire Etsy purchase. The coupon code expired tonight at midnight EST.
I'll be applying the neck binding in the round, consult the pattern instructions for method A if you prefer attaching the binding flat. Place the short ends of the neck binding right sides together and stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance.
Press the seam open.
Mark the neck binding by placing a pin at the seam and directly opposite the seam. Now, quarter mark the neck binding by bringing those to pins together and pinning at the folds.
Pin the neck binding over the neck opening, right sides together, aligning the binding seam over one of the back sleeve seams. Align the 3 remaining pins on the binding with the other 3 sleeve seams. Stretch the binding between theses seams and add more pins. Stitch exactly 3/8" from the edge of the binding, all the way around the neck, overlapping and back-stitching at the end.
Press the binding up and over the raw edge folding the binding raw edge to the center. In this manner, all raw edges should be concealed. Lots of pins really helps here!!
Stitch the binding in place close to the seam. I used a twin needle, but a zigzag or stretch stitch would work well also.
With the shirt wrong side out, align both side edges of the bodice right sides together. Pin from the armscye to the bottom and stitch both sides with 1/2" seam allowance. Finish with a serger or zigzag stitch. Here you can see the fusible hem tape I like to use for hemming.
Turn the shirt right sides out. Fold and press the armscye 1/2" to the wrong side from sleeve hem to sleeve hem. The clear elastic or seam tape will be folded inside. Starting at the top of the sleeve next to the neck binding, topstitch 3/8" from the seam, hemming the armscye in the process. End the stitch line at the back side below the binding.
Hem the bottom edge of the shirt by pressing the edge to the wrong side 1" and stitching from the right side to secure. I've used a twin needle to hem. Page 16 of the pattern gives additional hemming options. Also, be sure to remove any visible basting stitches and the neck and sleeves.
Your Laguna Summer Top is complete!! Keep sewing for all 4 versions if desired!
Be sure to add photos of your completed Laguna Top to our Facebook Group before Friday, June 10th to be entered to win a prize. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #lagunasewalong. We will post the winner next week!
See the rest of the Laguna Sew-Along here: