Date: 05-09-2007, 06:06 PM (1 of 5)
I am trying to find a better and easier way to finish neck and armhole edges. I don't have a problem with the regular facing but as I have been looking in the stores at the different tops I was wondering if anyone knows how they do the edges with such a small facing. There really must be a trick to it .
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Date: 05-09-2007, 07:40 PM (2 of 5)
On a lot of the RTW tops that my DD has bought recently, I noticed the the edges are serged and turned under. You can do this with Stay-Fine tape which is sold at many sewing supply stores or websites. Is this what you mean? I haven't shopped in a few years for any clothes for myself so I don't know what is being offered in the stores except what my DD brings home.
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Date: 05-10-2007, 07:21 AM (3 of 5)
I'm probably the wrong one to try and answer this one because I usually cut my facings larger. I think they lay flatter that way.
Lighter weight interfacing and serged edges help with bulk.
And if you are using a very thin fabric and don't want facings to show try using a light weight interfacing that is flesh colored (the color of the skin of the person that will wear the top).
If it is just a narrower facing you want, I have one top pattern that uses bias tape sewed to the neck edge, turned under and top stitched down. That works very.
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Date: 05-10-2007, 03:35 PM (4 of 5)
Two things that I've done:
1. I've lined the item, particularly if it's a dress that has a skirt attached (as in I lined the bodice). That allows me to do a very quick and cheater way to finish the seams because they're encased.
2. I did bound finishes. I'd make some bias tape, or sometimes on the straight of grain if I"m feeling lazy, and just sewed it around the edge, and then hand stitched it down on the other side while watching TV.
Hope that gives you some ideas.
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Date: 05-10-2007, 03:41 PM (5 of 5)
I just finished a top that used the bias binding method that Dorothy wrote aobut. It worked pretty good!
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