Sunday, June 12, 2011

I Cooked Better Than I Sewed...

Okay, I've never done a sleeve binding before. I've never put on a cuff or placket other than the practice I got in Betzina's class recently. All I've ever done is fold up a hem and topstitch. So I tried 2 methods on this muslin, neither of which worked well.

For the first one, I tried a method I learned from a Jalie top where you fold a strip in half, finish the edges with a zigzag or serger, apply to the right side of the garment with raw edges even, then fold inside and press. They did that with the neckline, but I tried it for the sleeve. Yeah, that didn't work too well.

It looked okay on the inside, but wasn't RTW-looking on the outside.

So I tried the official binding of the armhole. I think you fold the strip in 3rds and wrap it around the raw edge, but this is knit so I just sewed one raw edge to the armhole then wrapped higgledy-piggledy to the inside and "topstitched," hoping to catch it inside.

This is an example of very CRRRRRRRAPPY (that's with an Irish brogue) stitching! I was beyond caring when I did this, and the 3rd cable guy was tromping around in the attic, so I was in a hurry.

So I may actually investigate a binding maker - I think that's what it's called. I've got to go back to Katie's blog and check her binding method. Hers are always perfect.

Oh well, you can't win 'em all.


Junior said...

Oh I like that shirt and LOVE the color!

Amy said...

Threads has a great video on applying binding to knits.

Also, on your second method? Next time try sewing the binding to the inside and then wrapping around to the outside and edge-stitch. Much easier.

sewistafashionista said...

I fold the binding in half, place it on the right side, and serge all together at once. That makes the binidng a little smaller, more like RTW. I have heard sewers talk about other methods. It seems one has to try several out to find the one that works best for you.

Sister said...

Thank you ladies for the help! It seems like the silliest little things throw me for a loop.