Lark Sew-Along: Body

Lark Sew-Along: Body

Today we’re going to be assembling the body of the Lark. All of the shirts follow this method so whether it doesn’t matter what sleeve length or neckline you’re using, these will be your first steps. Bonus that after this all you need to do is the neckline and hem! I’ll be using a serger to assemble this sample but keep in mind you can use your machine as well.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

Start by sewing the shoulder seams of your shirt together. Make sure that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

Press your seam allowance towards the back of the garment.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

Next you’ll be setting your sleeve. The sleeves on knit tops generally don’t have the ease that a woven top requires so there’s no need to place basting stitches into the sleeve cap. Instead, match the underarm points and notches and pin. As you sew you’ll gently stretch the armhole to match the sleeve cap.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

You’ll have something that looks like this when you’re done.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

Repeat these steps for the other sleeve. I like to gently press the seam allowance towards the sleeve. No need to go crazy, but I find the seam line sits a bit nicer if you give it a bit of guidance on direction.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

Your next step is to sew the underarm / side seam. You’ll want to pin the main matching points of the edge of the sleeve, the hem of the shirt, and the underarm just to make sure you’ve got them properly aligned. If you’re using striped fabric you may want to place a pin every so many stripes to make sure you don’t get off track with matching.

Lark Sew-Along: Body | Grainline Studio

Press the side seams towards the back of the garment and you’re done assembling the body! Pretty easy and quick, it took me longer to cut my lark than to complete these steps!

Over the next few days we’ll be walking you through each of the necklines. If you have questions, as always let us know below!

9 replies on “Lark Sew-Along: Body

  • Kathleen

    I couldn’t wait and sewed up my first Lark yesterday: short sleeve, scoop neck, lightweight stretchy rayon blend jersey. Jen, your patternmaking didn’t disappoint!! Love the sleeve ease and side seam shaping! Love the 1/4″ seams! Love the 100% accurate neck band width and length! But heads up to the rest of you out there: trust Jen’s size and finished measurement charts!!! I need to size down next time :).

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    • Jen

      I’ve personally never been one to use clear elastic for my tees, I haven’t found that I’ve ever needed it. If you’re using a really heavy knit with a lot of drape I could see it coming in handy but personally it’s never been an issue for me.

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  • Lulu

    This was my first knit garment ever and I was afraid of the sleeves but they worked perfectly. Now I have to master the neckline and hem stitches. I really like this pattern and the boatneck is very flattering. Will have lots of practice with this one. Thanks Jen for the tutorials.

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  • Rebecca Johnson

    Is there a front and back side to the sleeve caps? I am used to seeing one notch for the front and 2 notches for the back. Since the lark pattern only has one for each side I am uncertain which goes to the front and which goes to the back. When I fold the sleeve in half, there does seem to be a slight difference in the curve of the sleeve cap. Can you explain how I can tell the difference? Thank you.

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    • Jen

      Hi- The Lark has 2 notches for the back sleeve cap and 1 for the front which correspond to the same notches on the armholes. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t be showing up on your pattern, they’re on both our digital and printed copies.

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