Sewing 1/2″ Seam Overlock Closed Single & Double Topstitch (OVC 1TS, OVC 2TS))

This sample exercise is both utility and decorative. After sewing the seam and overlocking/serging the seam closed, press the seam to one side. Flip the garment to the face side and stitch on top of the fabric through the seam allowance. This will hold the seam allowance to the fabric. A single topstitch is usually placed 1/16th to 1/8th from the seam. The second topstitch can be done 1/8, 1/4 or 3/8 from the first line of topstitching, as long as the second topstitch catches the seam allowance underneath. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the fashion/apparel production environment. Purchase the patterns for Level 1 tutorials here:

Published by Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph got his start at the early age of 5. Now, 30 something years later, is completing work on his Master's Degree in Fashion Design. Over the last 20 years Robert has become a highly respected tailor and custom dressmaker. Robert's true passion is highlighting the body's true beauty without covering it up. Robert expresses the body's true sensuality by molding his patterns around the body, incorporating the natural drape of the fabrics he uses. Just a few years ago Robert took up photography. Wanting to express the process of fashion design through photographs. Robert chose men's swim wear, something he had never done before, to chronicle the process. It was during this time that Robert grew fascinated with this genre of apparel. Now living in Los Angeles, Robert creates four collections a year of men's swim wear. The swim wear you see on this site, Robert attests is the highest quality men's swimwear you will find anywhere. These pieces are fully lined, front and back and all seams are enclosed. Robert chooses the prints for his fabrics very carefully, yet impulsively. Robert Joseph will continue to offer superior quality swimwear for men 2011 & 2012 and will be adding Tanks and Shorts very soon!

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