No Hemming! Hazelnut Top using just a serger!

A Hazelnut Hack Tutorial by June Butchee


I wanted a quick to sew top with short sleeves and no hemming for the hot weather we have coming up here where I live.

The Hazelnut is my favorite top. Since it is a dolman style top, there are only the shoulder seams and side seams to sew and the top is done. Add a hem band and sleeve bands/cuffs and no hemming is needed. You can sew the whole top on a serger in about 45 minutes. It can also be done with a sewing machine. Alternatively, you can just hem the sleeves so no sleeve cuffs are needed.

Step 1 – Print out your pattern. Cut it out at the regular hem line. This line is curved, but I’m going to show you how to make it straight. Make sure the ‘on the fold’ straight edge is straight. Make sure the bottom ‘corner’ of the side is at a line on a grid mat.

Step 2 –Line your ruler up to make a line straight across the bottom of the pattern piece using the side corner to line it all up.

Step 3 – Draw a line all the way across the top of the ruler. I like to use markers, but you can use whatever you want.

Step 4 – Now cut along the line you made making the bottom straight. Repeat with the front of the pattern.

Step 5 – Make cuffs for the sleeves and a hem band for the bottom.

Measure around the bottom circumference of the finished sleeve. I make my cuffs 2-3 inches tall by 2 inches less than the width of the sleeve.

Measure the circumference of the bottom once sewn. I made a hem band 6 inches tall by 2 inches shorter than the circumference measured.

You can always adjust these numbers for you own preference. Don’t forget to cut a neckband!


The final step is to sew it all together and put it on. I hope you enjoy your new top!

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