If you have been following along, you should now have a completed bodice, minus the sleeves! Today we will add the sleeves and finish up the top. You'll have it ready just in time for the spring weather that has hit, at least here in the midwest (don't tell me it's going to be cold next week...I don't want to know!)!
For the sleeves, first take your two sleeve bands and iron them in half lengthwise.
Line up the raw edge of each strip with the long flat edge of each sleeve. Stitch in place, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Finish the seam by serging, zig zag stitching, or cutting with pinking shears and press it with your iron up towards the sleeve.
Turn the sleeve over and topstitch on the sleeve 1/8" from the seam. This will give your sleeve a nice professional look, as well as lock your seam in place.
Set the sleeves aside for a moment and take your two lower shirt pieces. Line up the front and back pieces with your front and back bodice. Stitch, right sides together, and finish the seams. Press the seams down towards the bottom of the shirt.
Take your two sleeves and fit them into the armholes. With right sides together, carefully pin the sleeves in place and stitch them to the bodice. Finish the seams.
Lay out your shirt, right sides together, and carefully line up the underarm seam, bottom edge of the sleeves and bottom edge of the shirt. Pin, then stitch the shirt together all the way down each side and finish the seams.
Take your two bottom band pieces and stitch the short ends together, creating a tube. Press the seams open.
Iron the band in half, wrong sides together. Slide the tube up over the bottom of your shirt, lining up the raw edges and matching your side seams. Pin in place.
Stitch the band to the bottom of your shirt all the way around using a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish the seam.
Flip the band down and press the seam with your iron up towards the shirt. Topstitch on the shirt 1/8" from the seam.
Now stand back and admire your work! You just made a super cute top for spring and summer!