The Coat Sleeve Magic Trick

I thought I would share with you all the way I flip my lined coats from inside out to right side out. I connect the outer arms to the lining arms while it’s still inside out (it sounds confusing, but the pictures make more sense, promise) so that I don’t have to line up the wrists afterwards. They tend to end up wonky and they have a gap in between the topstitching and the very edge. I’ve never seen it explained this way again, so I figured I’d make everyone’s life a little easier! I first did it this way so long ago I don’t even remember where I learned it. I do remember thinking, “There is no way this pretzeled mess is going to work!” And then I flipped it and I was like “It’s magic!”

Update 3/31/14: you can see the finished coat as part of my Spring Break Look for Project Run& Play here.

Ready to do your own magic? Of course you are! You don’t need anything special – just your coat (outer shell and lining) and your regular sewing things.

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Sew your outer seams (what will be the front, collar, and bottom of your coat) together like normal, leaving a 4-6″ gap somewhere on the hem that isn’t too noticeable. I usually pick a straight area on the back. Update: I’ve started leaving a gap in the side seam of the lining instead of this seam seam, which makes for a much cleaner finish.

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Now pull the two layers away from each other. You’ll be working across the outer seam that you just sewed (my lining uses the green for the facing – it’s not mislabeled :) ).

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Fold the hem of the outer sleeve up on itself an inch or two.

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Slide the lining sleeve around it, so the right sides are together. Match the seams and pin. Make sure you keep the underarm seam always facing downwards so you don’t end up with a twist in your sleeve.

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Sew this seam, backstitching at the beginning and end. You’ll have to twist the sleeve around while you sew, but once you pull it out of your machine, it will straighten out again. Repeat for the other sleeve.

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Turn the coat right side out through the hole you left on the hem (or the lining) and top stitch that closed. Your coat will look like this with the sleeve inside the layers:

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Slide your arm in, grab the end and pull the sleeve out!

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Ta-da! A fully lined sleeve and the hem is all even and perfectly closed!

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You can leave it like that – especially on smaller sizes, this looks neater since anything uneven is hidden inside – or you can top stitch if you like.

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Cool, huh? If anything is unclear, feel free to ask in the comments or send an email to pins.n.needles.2013 (at) gmail (dot) com!

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