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How to Sew French Seams

This elevated seam finish will make your garments feel special.

Posted in: Tutorials & Techniques • October 3, 2019

French seams are sewn twice, encasing the raw edge within the seam and creating a very neat, delicate seam that is ideal for sheer or lightweight fabrics.


With wrong sides together, pin the corresponding pieces. Using a straight stitch, sew a seam at a 3/8” seam allowance.


Trim the seam allowance in half.


Press the seam allowance flat and to one side.


Fold the fabric with right sides together.


Stitch again, this time using a 1/4" seam allowance, encasing the raw edge.


Press the seam to one side to finish.

Put your new skills to the test. Try sewing:

The Savannah Camisole is the ideal garment for perfecting French seams.


Try French seams on a simple top like Gretta.


Practice French seams by sewing Loretta in a sheer fabric


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