The bottom of the sleeve has a nasty unfinished cut.
Finish this by running a line of zig-zag stitch over the edge of the sleeve.
With the sleeve inside-out, fold the bottom of the sleeve up by the amount of seam allowance indicated on your pattern piece - 1/2" for humans, 1/4" for dolls. Sew this channel down with a straight stitch.
The finished drawstring casing, seen with the sleeve inside-out. Remember, you always want the ugly to stay on the inside...
Zig-zag over the edge of the neck.
Turn the neck seam allowance to the inside of the chemise and stitch it down. This will be a little tricky when you go from the body pieces to the sleeve pieces. Just go slow. Some people like to pin or press this first.
The finished neck casing. You can follow the same steps at the bottom of the chemise to finish the hem, or use a rolled hem.
Now, you might be wondering how the drawstring is going to get into those casings, since we didn’t so much leave a hole. Here’s one of my favorite sneaky tricks… In most cases, if you use a thin enough cord threaded on to a yarn needle, you can just push the needle into the casing and tug the cord behind it. It will part the threads of the chemise fabric slightly, making it’s own little eyelet (without stitches around it, of course). Yes, if you were doing everything right you could put eyelets in to the body and sleeves just past the seam allowance before you turned the edge back to make the casing. Since this whole pattern is a bit of a cheat, I didn’t feel the need to go the extra mile on authenticity. ;)
We're using cotton perl embroidery floss for the cords. It's a good size, and it ties a tight knot which is very important for this purpose.
Thread the cotton perl onto a blunt tipped yarn needle. Starting at the center front of the chemise, poke the needle into the drawstring channel. Work the needle through the channel, pulling the cord through with it.
When you've gotten all the way around the neck channel, poke the needle back out a little ways (1/8" for dolls, 1/2" for humans) from the original starting point.
Repeat this process for the sleeve drawstrings. Tie knots at the ends of all drawstrings, so they can't pull back into the channels and get lost.
To wear this chemise, use the neck drawstring to control the size of the neck opening. Ideally, it should sit just inside your bodice neckline.
The only problem I’ve found with wearing a chemise made this way is that sometimes you try to put your arms in the sleeves, and it just doesn’t work. This happens when the body of the chemise is taking up most of the drawstring, so there’s a lot of gathering at the top of the sleeve and not a lot of sleeve head for your arm to go into. The solution to this is to redistribute the gathers so that there’s more cord over the shoulder area. This sounds easy, but is terrifically difficult when you’re stuck half way inside the chemise when you notice the problem….