Can someone explain the purpose of bias binding to me? For example, on this pattern: http://www.prettyprudent.com/2010/05...ble-pattern-2/ (step 6)
I really like this top but can't get my head around the bias...
I will try my best to explain.
Normally with curved edges such as armholes and neck holes it can be really tricky to get a neat finish on the edge if you simply fold it over and sew it down. Therefore to get a nice finish you can use bias tape which is a strip of fabric cut on diagonal so it has some stretch to it. It get folded older and in this example you would sew the bias tape and dress fabric right sides together, then fold the bias tape over the armhole and sew it down so it encases the raw edge of the armhole.
I probably didn't explain it too well...but hopefully it makes a bit of sense. Probably some youtube tutorials will give you a better idea or even looking at sleeveless dresses at shops. Bias edging are used quite a lot.
@BettyV looks great! Did you make bias that's the same as your dress fabric or buy bias? I bought a white one today because I couldn't match the colour of my fabric but I'm wondering if I should make my own.
Eta - I actually found sewing the yoke after the snap was on the fiddliest part. It just took a bit of patience. I'm sure if I can manage it then anyone can!
Just made this dress for my daughter. I just need to sew the straps on but need her to try it on first. I'm a super slow beginner and it only took me 3 hours, including finding and cutting out the pattern. It's actually pink but looks red.
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I'm just starting a memory quilt for my dd. It'll be made out of clothes from her first year of life and patterned cottons. I thought I'd share my progress at different points. Here's my first go at laying out the squares. I'm not sure if I'm happy with placement yet. Once I am I'll cut the sashing, trim squares, and start sewing!
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