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NOVA SEWALONG DAY 3:

September 9, 2020

Welcome back to day 3 of the Nova Jumpsuit Sewalong. The steps today are for all views of the jumpsuit.

First, with right sides touching, pin the Front Jumpsuit to the Back Jumpsuit at the inner leg edges, matching notches. Serge or sew the inner leg seam with a stretch stitch, using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowance open or toward the Back Jumpsuit.

Turn one jumpsuit leg right side out. Insert this jumpsuit leg into the remaining jumpsuit leg, matching up notches and the inner leg seams. Right sides should be touching. Pin in place. Serge or sew the center front/center back seam with a stretch stitch, using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowance open or to one side.

Turn the jumpsuit right side out and the facing wrong side out. With right sides touching, place the facing on top of the jumpsuit. The facing should be uppermost, as pictured below.

Pin the facing to the jumpsuit along the neck and armhole edges, matching notches, centers, and side seams. Please note: the facing is slightly smaller than the jumpsuit, which helps it turn to the inside when the garment is finished. Line up the raw edges, stretching to fit where necessary as you pin.

Serge or sew the neck and armhole seams with a stretch stitch, using a 3/8″ seam allowance. As you sew, make sure the shoulder edge of the back facing remains pressed toward the wrong side, as pictured.

Turn the facing to the inside of the jumpsuit. Press the armhole and neckline edges, allowing the facing to roll slightly toward the inside of the jumpsuit.

Pin the front jumpsuit and facing to the back jumpsuit at the shoulder edges, leaving the turned edges of the back facing free. Sew the shoulder seam with a stretch stitch, using a 3/8″ seam allowance. As you stitch, fold back the back facing so it doesn’t get caught in the line of stitching as pictured. Trim your seam allowances to reduce bulk.

Tuck in the seam allowances under the folded back facing strap. Pin so the fold just covers the line of stitching.

On the outside, stitch in the ditch to secure the back facing along the shoulder seam. You can also choose to hand stitch the opening closed for a cleaner finish.

That is it! Tomorrow we will be back to finish up the jumpsuit. Can’t wait.

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