Love being able to use your favorite fabric for handmade bias tape, but hate all of the work involved in pre-ironing? Mie of the Sewing Rabbit Team has some tricks up her sleeve when it comes to that, and is showing off 2 separate ways to make handmade bias tape! Both without the pre-sewing involved. Her quick tips will have you sewing on handmade bias tape in a jiffy.
How to make and sew handmade bias tape, the fast way.
—Technique No. 1—
—Technique No. 2—
Okay, who is ready for another tutorial? Yay! This one shows you how to hem garments with a wide bias tape. This technique can be used both on the outside of the garment to make a visible band or on the inside instead of either a facing or for a more luxurious alternative to the usual fold and stitch hem.
To determine the width to cut your bias tape is super simple on this one.
Seam allowance + finished width + seam allowance = cut bias tape this width
It honestly just happened a bit by coincidence. With my body type (narrow waist and wide hips/thighs) I know that accentuating my waist looks best on me.
When drafting patterns you can use several methods to do that and my first idea was simply to add front and back vertical darts but discarded the idea because I think it can give a bit of a formal look that I did not want for this top.
Another option is shirring. Now I was a bit worried about adding shirring all the way around the waist since the top has a placket and buttons. I was simply worried that the shirring would pull the two plackets apart – and an exposed belly button was not the look I was going for either. And well that’s how I came to the idea of only adding shirring in the sides of the waistline. And when that was done…well, I am not even sure how the idea of making those little triangles and adding the gross grain ribbon came but I am happy with the result.
I did not make a tutorial for it because well there is really no secret to it. What you see is how you do it. Three rows of shirring, sew and place the triangles and add the gross grain ribbon before you sew on the triangles. I will be happy to answer any further questions if this is not clear.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…