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From: Marti
Date: 03-16-2006, 03:31 PM (1 of 6)
:cry: I'm stuck, need help fast. Pattern says pin ribbon trim to bodice? Is this same as bias tape?...Im making a dress my grand-daughter, step 2 says....ON OUTSIDE, pin ribbon trim to bodice front, cetering trim over placement lines? Trim ends of ribbon even with neck and lower edges of bodice, stitch ribbon close to both edges....Step 3 go's on saying to Turn front edge in INSIDE along outer fold line, forming interfacing: press. baste close to inner edge, turn front edge to INSIDE AGAIN ALONG REMAING fold line, forming facing; ....Sorry, just dont understand this ribbon trim....and what is place lines as well...With that being said....can you break that down to laymen terms for me. LOL......the picture shows the ribbon trim on the outsid of frabric, but im confused on this....
Marti Eldridge
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Member since: 02-21-2006
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From: pucktricks
Date: 03-16-2006, 04:26 PM (2 of 6)
What pattern is it? From the description it sounds like you're using normal ribbon to trim the areas. My guess would be the placement lines are either to put the trim to cover the seams or it is printed on the pattern, and you'll have to look there to find it.
I'm sure someone more knowledgable than I will post soon, and give a better answer.

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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-16-2006, 05:19 PM (3 of 6)
It sounds like you have decorative ribbons running vertically on the bodice. The lines would be on the pattern, just trace them on the fabric and lay the ribbon over them. Sew across the top and bottom -- within the seam line -- to hold them in place. Then sew them down vertically on the sides of the ribbons. Be sure you sew all the ribbon edges in the same direction or it could pull in different directions and not look good. In other words, don't go down one side of the ribbon and up the other.
You can get very pretty ribbon at the fabric shop that will look much better than bias tape.
As for step three -- you are just folding the edge under then under again. There will be fold lines on the pattern. Again you can trace them onto the fabric -- or just measure how far the first fold line is from the edge. fold that under and press it down. Then you fold it again so the raw edge is enclosed in the second fold.
There might be buttons down the front?? Maybe between rows of ribbon?
If there are buttons and button holes I would put a strip of interfacing along the edge from top to bottom where you turn it under the first time. It will make the button holes look better and the dress will look more professional, I think.
Does that make sense or do we need Pam here??
User: DorothyL
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From: Marti
Date: 03-17-2006, 12:45 PM (4 of 6)
this dress has no ribbon down the front...yet when i got to the part of sewing the said to sew the "ribbon trim" down the front....well, all i did was skip that step, not wanting ribbon down the front guys are awesome on all your advise...i have read other ppls. problems, which helps me also....This is a Great site for ppl. like me that dont know much about sewing....Thanks again.
Marti Eldridge
User: Marti
Member since: 02-21-2006
Total posts: 31
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-17-2006, 01:36 PM (5 of 6)
About folding the front edge... I think you have a pattern with the facing and the front cut all in 1 piece.. The first fold is to form the facing, then after that you go to the very edge and fold the 2nd time.. That gives you a facing for the front of your top ... Now after the 2nd fold , did it tell you to stitch or what ?? Most of the time you stitch that edge down, but not to the front.. only the 1/4 inch edge... Hope this part will not confuse you.. I'm skipping all that about the ribbon, because it seems to be resolved..
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From: sewingcybermom
Date: 03-17-2006, 11:06 PM (6 of 6)
Look onthe pattern envelope front for a picture and see if one of the views features ribbon trim down the front. I agree, this absolutely sounds like a decorative trim direction. What pattern is it?? We can better help you if we can look that up for you and then advise.
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User: sewingcybermom
Member since: 01-18-2006
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