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.
Start by sewing the shoulder seams of your shirt together. Make sure that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.
Press your seam allowance towards the back of the garment.
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.
You’ll have something that looks like this when you’re done.
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.
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.
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!