Just a few more steps and the Lykke bag is ready. You will need about 1.5 metres of bias tape to cover the neckline. You can buy the matching bias tape ready-made or make it yourself.

Neckline blinding

Measure and mark 30 cm (12”) from one end of the bias tape. Unfold the bias tape and pin the right side of the tape to the wrong side of the neckline. Leave a 30 cm (12”) on each side of the neckline so you can tie them into a pretty bow later. Stitch the bias tape to the neckline along the fold closest to the edge. Trim the seam allowance and press up and away from the neckline.

Fold the bias tape in half at the tail ends. With right sides together, stitch a line 0.5 cm (¼”) f rom the edge. Turn right side out. Repeat for the other end.

Close the bias tape and fold it to the right side of the blouse. Pin.

On the right side of the garment, edgestitch along the bias tape tails and neckline seam as shown in the picture below. Press carefully and steam well to make the neckline as flat as possible.

Hem

Try the blouse on and adjust the length if necessary. Without alterations, the hem of the blouse will fall to the hips, but I shortened the blouse by about 5 cm to suit my taste. I also made a 1.5 cm fold as I wanted to take a few extra inches off the length.

The hem of the blouse has a small curve that can be challenging to iron and sew, here’s a tip on how to make it easier! Adjust the stitch on your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible and sew 0.5 cm (1.5 cm in the picture) from the edge.

Then make a 0.5 cm (1.5 cm in the picture) fold along the hem and press. Next, make a 1.5 cm fold, press and pin in place.

Sew the hem with a regular stitch close to the edge of the first fold. Remove the basting threads.

Your Lykke blouse is now ready! Press it one more time and it’s ready to wear. Don’t forget to share your Lykke blouse on Instagram using the hashtag #lykkeblouse and @tessaroosa.patterns!

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