Sew Fussy

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A Few More Sewing Firsts!

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Firsts I’m covering with my current sewing work-in-progress:
-sewing a bias-cut garment
-making my own bias tape
-hand sewing (versus machine sewing)

I’m making a simple linen dress from one of my Japanese pattern books (Sewing Talk). Other than two pattern pieces and a lovely photograph of a finished dress, this is all I have to work with (fortunately it’s a*very* simple pattern).


I finally tired of the itchy, non-coordinating, expensive bias tape I have been buying (and then not really using before my children have a chance to tangle it up) from my local Joanns. I took the plunge and bought two bias tape makers – one is this clover version, another is an all-metal generic one I found in the quilting notions section. I prefer the clover version, but the generic one makes slightly wider tape even though they are supposed to make the same size. I spent a while cutting the fabric strips, sewing them together, pressing the seams open, trimming, feeding the fabric through the tape, and pressing the lengthy strip, but it was *sooooo* worth it. See how nice the neck binding on my current project looks –


And now I’m officially obsessed with making my own bias tape.
Then came the task of applying the tape, which has always been difficult for me. I used to be willing to do just about anything to avoid applying bias binding. Until now.
I swear, other than being plain lazy, I don’t know why I have resisted sewing by hand for so long – I’m totally hooked! I’m impressed with how easy it was to do once I scrounged up a package of unopened sharps in my needle box. I guess I should toss those tapestry needles I tried to sew clothing with in the past. Ha ha!

Millinery Needles

Here is the half-finished dress in full. I can definitely appreciate the bias cut on the dress, it hangs beautifully.




I will post more photos when the project is finished!


Written by sewfussy

July 15, 2007 at 8:27 pm

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  1. Hey Chirsty, glad you visited my blog! You just convinced me to cut my own bias tape. Really.


    July 16, 2007 at 3:51 am

  2. Fashions cut on the bias are very flattering! It’s fun to make bias tape, too. That way you get something that really matched your garment! Where did you learn how to do it? I got my ‘tutorial’ from a Sewing with Nancy book.


    July 27, 2007 at 3:12 pm

  3. […] finished the linen dress I posted about a week or so ago and have worn it out two times in the last week. I must really like it. I dare […]

  4. mom2fur – I didn’t learn it from anywhere in particular, I think I just read the brief instructions on my bias tape maker and took it from there. Heck, I don’t actually know that I’m doing it correctly! LOL But it is definitely satisfying to do it this way versus using the store-bought. I don’t understand why ready-made bias tape is so limited as far as fabric type goes. The Wright’s stuff is so ITCHY and stiff!

    Alicia, I’ll have to check out your blog again to see what you make. The set I commented on would have been a perfect candidate for handmade bias tape.


    July 29, 2007 at 3:39 pm

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