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Moto Chic Jacket Sew-Along: Finishing Touches

Posted by Betsy C on

Wow, we have finally reached the end! I hope your jackets are turning out great and would love to see any pics so tag me on Instagram. 
So the jacket is pretty much put together at this point, but those small touches you add at the end can make the difference between homemade and pro. 

Hem Finish: 

If you are sewing with leather, go ahead and turn up the bottom hem and secure with the adhesive tape that you have been using for the seams. It's ok to give the bottom hem a gentle ironing with a pressing cloth to make a sharp bottom edge. 
Another option for leather, is just to leave the bottom hem raw. In the jacket below I decided to make the hem a high-low. I trimmed off the extra length at the front and blended to zero at the center back. However, if you would like something a little more traditional, it is probably easier to just trim off the excess length straight across the bottom skirt.

Inside Facing Edge Finish: 

To finish the edges of the facing at the skirt join seam you can turn all the allowances inside and iron flat. Then hand stitch the facings closed. Or, if you would prefer, ok to blind stitch a ribbon on top of the raw edge. It could be an extension of grosgrain that goes along the bottom hem, such as this finish: 
(Please don't pick on my wrinkles. This jacket has been hanging for awhile and silk/linen is a beeyatch to keep pressed. This was after ironing :(  )


Your jacket may look a little, puffy or just not flat and finished as you would like. I like to do an edge stitch all around the outside edges, through all layers, to hold them flat.  
I encourage you to also try double rows of topstitching which gives a whole different effect. 
So, I think that's everything. If you have any questions or feel that I skipped anything let me know. This is my first sew-along, so I was kinda nervous on how it would go. I hope it has been helpful and I will see all the different versions of the Moto Chic out there.

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  • I’m almost there… Just the sleeves and bottom hem to finish now.

    SewSouthLondon on
  • Yes! Thanksgiving break is the best time for sewing. I am looking forward to 4 straight days of sewing too. A rarity around here.

    Betsy on
  • I’m loving the teal leather version! I haven’t started on mine yet, but I’m still planning on it. Things have just gotten away from me this last month or so. It might be a good project for thanksgiving break, and I think I’m much more likely to get good use out of it now that I’ve made some jeans.

    Megan @ TheGreenViolet on

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