Thursday, May 15, 2014

Alternate Binding Method for the Sofilantjes Summer Surprise Dress

Don't particularly like the binding sewn into the shoulder seam?  I have a solution!!

Sew the left shoulder first as described by the instructions.  

Sew the binding on the neck edge as follows:
1.  lay the edge of the binding 3/8" away from the front shoulder edge. I like to double pin 1" away from the shoulder edge to mark my starting sewing point.  Continue to pin the binding along the neck edge until you get to the other shoulder - see step 2. 

2.  Double pin 1" away from the back shoulder edge (this will be your sewing stopping point). Cut the end of the binding off an additional 1/2" past the shoulder edge. 

3.  Sew the binding down using the suggested 3/8" seam allowance and zigzag stitch. It should look like this now. 

4.  Fold the binding out if the way (away from the shoulder edges) and pin the shoulder edges together right sides together. 

4b. Looks like this...

5. Sew the suggested 3/8" seam allowance using a zigzag stitch. 

5b. So now it pretty much should look like this - you have your shoulder seam sewn and then have the front and back binding edges loose. (The binding on the left of this picture is still folded back, it's longer than it appears here). 

6. Open up the fold of front binding (the short side that should be sitting right at the seam line) and place the back binding inside it. If your binding doesn't lay flat, you may need to trim the back binding a little until it fits nicely. 

6b. See!  Back tucked into the front nicely :-)

7. Stitch the same 3/8" seam allowance using a zigzag stitch to finish attaching the binding to the neckline along the shoulder. 

8. Continue to follow the directions provided by Sofilantjes for attaching the bow and top stitching the binding :-). This is what the finished product looks like!

You can use this method for the arm hole binding as well. 

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