Everyday French Seams

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Check out My Empty Wardrobe’s blog for a French Seam How To

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Normally, we think of French seams as a technique to use with sheer fabrics. However, because I like the clean interior finish of a French seam, I do a modified French seam wherever I can on a wide range of light woven fabrics, sheer or not. My modified version of the French seam accounts for the standard 5/8″ seam allowance in commercial patterns, and ends up around a quarter inch wide instead of the 1/8″ or narrower seam we would hope to achieve on a sheer fabric. Here’s how I do it.

Step One.

With wrong sides together, stitch a 3/8″ seam.

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Step Two.

Trim the seam to about half its width (so between an eighth and a quarter inch).

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Here’s a view of the trimming without the scissors in the way.

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Step Three.

Press this seam three times.

First, press it flat to set the stitches. (Because we…

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