Welcome to the final day of the Montrose Top sewalong! Today, we’ll be hemming our Montrose Tops.
For Version 3, our guipure lace top, we’re already done! We used the decorative edge of the lace as the hem on the front, back, and sleeves. If your lace doesn’t have a decorative edge, check out the sewing with lace post for other options for hemming.
Okay, on to our other two tops. For version 1, we’re going to hem as directed in the instructions. Turn the hem of one sleeve to the wrong side by 1/4” and press. (It helps to sew a guideline 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric first.)
Turn in by another 1/4” again and press. Pin this in place from the outside.
Topstitch the hem at just less than 1/4” from the folded edge, making sure you catch the folded up hem underneath. This is a great spot to use wonder tape (which is also conveniently 1/4” wide) if you’re using a slippery fabric.
Repeat the hemming steps with the other sleeve and the body of the top and give the whole top a good press. Version 1 is done!
For our embroidered mesh top, we have two options. First, we could follow just the same hemming steps as we did for version 1. This is totally acceptable, but will be more visible. Alternatively, we can make a really nice invisible hem by doing a bit more hand sewing.
Start by trimming 1/4” off the bottom of the body and of both sleeves.
Now, hand sew a rolled hem. This is the same method we used to finish the neckline for this version, see this post for step by step instructions. Here’s our lovely finished hem.
Repeat the rolled hem treatment on the second sleeve and the body of the top, and then you’re done!
That brings us to the end of our Montrose Top sewalong. Be sure to share your tops with us on social media using #MontroseTop. Thanks for sewing with us!