If you’re working to normal human sizes, you an probably do all this on the machine.
I’m not going to do any sort of sealing on that sleeve hem. The gathering and gathering stitches are going to prevent major fraying. This solution is surprisingly fast, reduces the bulk in the cuff, and looks neat. This sneaky cheat was brought to you courtesy of Patterns of Fashion 4. I kid you not – sometimes, the period way is the fast and easy way. Hooray for period cheats! At dolly sizes, this is the single fastest way to attach the sleeve to the cuff that I’ve found. For human sizes, it’s at least one of the neatest. Fastest depends on how you are with gathering stitches and the whole stitch-in-the-ditch to sew down the cuff lining trick.
This is just like cartridge pleating, but done rather smaller.
This particular trim is much too large, but you get the idea.
And there you have it. It’s taken me almost as much time to write it up as it did to actually make the chemise….