Adley Shirt Sew-Along: Side Seams and Hem

Another pretty detail of the Adley shirt is in the hemline.  The rounded front hem is in contrast to the lower square hem in the back.  This simple turned hem looks soft and relaxed and is easy to sew!  Please follow along for more details.

Side Seams

With right sides together, pin front and back together at side seams to circles on lower sides as indicated on the pattern.


Stitch 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam allowance from the armhole to the circle.  Back stitch.


Finish seam allowance in your desired method to 'just below' the circle.  Press seam open.



Turn under 1/4" (6 mm) and 1/4" (6 mm) again and pin in place, narrowing the hem at the side openings, tapering to nothing above circles.

As you can see I use a lot of pins but this really helps to hold things in place and helps me to ease the fabric around the curve.  It is worth the extra effort!!


Top-stitch hem removing the pins as you sew.  NOTE:  I always set my stitch length on a slightly longer stitch for top-stitching.

At the side seams pivot and stitch across the seam allowance 1/4" (6 mm) above the circle, and pivot again to top-stitch the rest of the hem.


Pivot at the corners of the back squared hemline.


I often will use the tip of a pin to help me 'EASE' the fabric under the presser foot as I round the corner of a gentle curve.


Pivot at the side seams just above the circles.

Taper the turning of the hem to nothing at the circles of the side hem.

The result is a pretty hemline that's easy to sew and has a relaxed feel!!

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