Quick Tip: French Seams

Bonjour bloggers!

Kind of embarrassing to admit this, but I actually had another post in mind for you about a summer top. And then this happened:

#Fail This sleeve has a life of its own
#Fail
This sleeve has a life of its own

I just hate it when you spend the time and effort into a project, and then find out you chose the fabric all wrong – so FRUSTRATING!
Don’t worry though, I have since moved on to another make-your-own-pattern project 🙂

If I end up learning from my mistakes and the next project will prevail, it will require the heavy usage of french seams.

This seam is a personal favorite of mine! It allows you to encapsulate the rough edges on the inside, without serging, overlocking or any of that. Two straight stitches is all it takes.
It’s especially useful when you’re sewing easily fraying fabrics, like chiffon, or any lightweight fabric. It’s also excellent when making baby clothes, since the rough edges are hidden which allows the fabric to be extra smooth on the inside and not irritate the skin.

  1. Sew 1/4″ from the edge, right sides out
  2. Trim about 1/8″, or as close as possible to the stitch. Careful to not trim the thread
  3. Flip inside out
  4. Sew 1/8″ from the edge
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Sew, trim, flip, sew
No visible edges on the outside
No visible edges on the outside
Smooth seam on the inside
Smooth seam on the inside
For extra smoothness - top stitch the seam in place
For extra smoothness – top stitch the seam in place

Bonne chance,

Keren

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2 thoughts on “Quick Tip: French Seams

  1. This is great – the next skill I want to learn! I have a blouse project that is in my sewing queue and I wanted to try out french seams on it. Thanks for the tip, I feel like I will also be looking at a lot of youtube videos in the near future.

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    1. Hi, I’m glad this helps you! I know it looks tricky at first, and it took me a few tries before I got the hang of it, but it really is a great seam. Looking forward to see your project, good luck! 🙂

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