Ever made your own bias tape (or binding)? Nope, me neither. Until yesterday, that is.
I gave it a go with the help of the super-useful tutorial from Colette Patterns’ Colleterie for a rendition of Tilly’s Mathilde blouse. The white cotton I’m using for the blouse is a little more see-through than I’d like it to be and I’m not a huge fan of the facings showing through. Bias binding it is!
Luckily, I had plenty of fabric left over from when I cut out the blouse to make some cheeky bias binding for the neckline. I also made enough to bind the seams on the sleeves. That’s right folks, you’re looking at a homemade bias binding MAESTRO. Sort of.
I used the piecing together method rather than the continuous one because geometry was mentioned somewhere in the second tutorial and I got a bit scared. Who needs maths when you can go the long way around or have a calculator, eh?
Marking up the fabric, I have never been gladder to own a blue marking pencil. Even if I have lost the white one which came with it. Also, I even used a ruler. I never use a ruler, not even when tracing patterns. ‘Tis true. I’m just bohemian like that.
The bit which took the longest was stitching all the pieces together. All that stopping and starting began to feel a little therapeutic after a while.
My only regret is not owning a (Sarai’s words) “funky doohickey” to mould the strips into the perfect double-fold bias tape. Boo! If you, like me, don’t own a funky doohickey (that word needs to be used more often), then you can just fold and press manually as you go. Definitely more time consuming and you don’t get to use the word doohickey, but it does the job.
Fortunately, even lacking a doohickey, the bias tape fit around the neckline just fine. I stitched it with my machine and then hand-stitched it to the inside of the neckline.
Et voila! Le bias tape. How does it look on the neckline, you ask?
Pretty fit, that’s how it looks. Phwoar.
I hope you enjoyed this insight into my somewhat slapdash sewing world. I can promise more is to come, mostly because I have a fancy camera now just BEGGING to be used.
Who else wants to brag about making their own bias tape?