Sewing a chemise can be as simple, or as difficult, as you want it to be. This is one of the simplest versions. Combined with your Simple Chemise Pattern, these sewing directions are all you need to produce a chemise. Well, I mean, you’ll need some fabric, too, and some thread and a sewing machine would be awfully handy, but you get the idea. Shall we?During this demo, I use the following skills:
- Zig-Zag Edges
- Hairline Seam
If you're working to human size, use these instead:
- Zig-Zag Edges
- French Seam
Please note: I’m using fully finished seams because, outside of Dollandia, chemises get washed. Ideally, they get washed a lot. I want to protect my seams from degrading in the wash. I’m using a similar, smaller technique to sew for dolls because I like the pain the way it looks. I’m a very hyphenated little girl sometimes….
Start with your simple chemise pattern. Cut out the pieces along the seam allowance and fold lines.
Place the Body piece of the pattern on fabric that has been folded in half. The long edge of the piece, marked 'fold' should be placed exactly on the folded edge. Pin in place.
Cut the fabric along the edges of the pattern piece. Take your time - you can only sew as well as you cut.
Do the same with the sleeve pieces. Remember, you need 2 each of the body and sleeve.
Unfold each of the body pieces, and pin them together at each side (from armscye notch to bottom).
Sew the side seams at the designated seam allowance. Turn the body right side out. I've used hairline seams here, but you could just use a straight stitch (read: normal) seam.
Next: the sleeves….