April 26, 2018

Montrose Sewalong – Day 5

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!

4 thoughts on “Montrose Sewalong – Day 5

  1. claudia says:

    Hi, great sew-a-long!! Could you kindly tell me if I can make a dress if I extend the length of the pattern? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

    1. Yes you could, but you might want to angle it out at the side seams when you get towards the hips to give yourself enough room to move around.

  2. Andrea Letourneau says:

    I just completed my first Montrose top using the tutorial (great tutorial, by the way), and tried it on. The dart tips hit above my bust. Is there a way of fixing that after having completed the top? I can adjust the pattern so the next one will have the darts lower, but I was wondering if there’s a way to fix this one since it’s finished.

    1. Ayelet says:

      You could try unpicking the dart and the portion of the side seam that includes the dart, then moving the dart a bit lower. But it could get a bit tricky.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

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