- Choose your pattern eg tee shirt or tunic top, knit or woven.
- They should start in a seam and finish in a hem and can be achieved in two ways: (1) The drawstring casing can be straight down from shoulder to the hem, gathers running diagonally from shoulder to side seam, on sleeves, up the centre of the bodice, diagonally from shoulder to hem. or (2)
- In order for the drawstring to emerge from the end of your casing, you need to leave an opening at the bottom hem. That means you have to hem the portion of the garment with the casing before sewing the casing seam together. Consider using a zig-zag stitch to hem both front pieces.
- Before fully constructing your garment, sew the casing seam.
- Finish the seam allowances and press open.
- To create the casing, topstitch the seam allowances you just pressed open on either side of the seam. Again, how wide you do your topstitching depends on your drawstring, but ½” to 5/8” should work.
- Use your fabric to create your drawstrings, or you can use some sort of store-bought cording or ribbon. If you use fabric, cut long strips (longer than your seam/casings, ensuring extra length so you can tie a bow if you like) and then either sew them in a tube and turn it right side out, or fold the two long side inwards and then fold in half again and stitch.
- Using a safety pin or bodkin, thread your drawstrings through the casings on either side of the seam.
- In order to secure the ends of the drawstring, baste them in place at the seam, within the seam allowance.