Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

Adding piping in a seam is an easy way to give your finished garment that gorgeous end detail but also when you go with a different piping color then it will give that pop of color as well.

In this tutorial we are going to show you how to add piping into the waistline of our newest girl pattern, The Charlotte Dress & Top! for a gorgeous end detail!

So let’s just started:

STEP 1: Follow steps 1-9 of your pattern tutorial to start with your garment construction. if you are going to add piping detail, follow the following steps:

STEP 2: With the right side of the main bodice facing up and the lining pushed back and out of the way, lay the piping along the waistline. Leave a bit of extra piping hanging at the end of each back waistline! Make sure the stitched lined of the piping is aligned with your seam allowance! Pin in place.

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

STEP 3: Curve the extra piping towards the bottom of the bodice at each back. The cording portion of the piping should be just past the

seam allowance. Baste the piping into place using a piping foot or a zipper foot following close to the piping stitch.

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

STEP 4: Follow steps 11-21 of the pattern tutorial to sew the skirt placket and preparing the main skirt to be sewn to the main bodice.

STEP 5: With right sides together, align the main skirt to the bottom of the main bodice making sure that the lining is pushed out the way.  Align the raw edges, match side seams and back plackets while still keeping the main skirt placket hidden under the skirt on the right side. The piping will be sandwiched in between. Pin. Sew the skirt to the main bodice only. Press the seam towards the bodice.

Important: Here when I sew the main skirt to the bodice I like to sew the side of the bodice and not the gathered side. This is because I can follow closely the stitch I made when I was attaching the piping to the bodice!

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

STEP 6: Flip your garment to the right side, and check that your piping looks good. Make any necessary adjustments! For example stitch a little closer or rip a bit and stitch again to make it look good all around the waistline.

See how it looks at the back

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

And inside before we enclosed with the lining. Now go ahead and trim off that extra piping!!!

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

STEP 5: Now all you need to do is to just finish your garment construction per the pattern tutorial.

Don’t forget to topstitch your piping detail!!!

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

And you are done!!! Sit back and enjoy your garment!!!

Gorgeous right!!!

Front view

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

 

Side view

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

 

Back View

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

We just love that pop of lila colour between the waistline don’t you?! She insisting on matching it with her purple purse :)!!

Sewing Piping: A Fun & Easy Garment Detail - What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to add piping to a seam!

 

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket

I love having a skirt placket in my little one’s dresses. They make getting the garments one and off super easy which makes this mom’s life easier.  Anything that makes the day go a little better when you have kids is a win in my book.  Don’t you think? A lot of the BSD patterns include this very simple placket in our tutorials.  One of my favorite things about it is it is hidden. It also is sewn in super quick! Another win! Here’s how to do it.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket

You will need for this tutorial:

  1. Skirt placket pattern piece OR a 8″ x 1.5″ cut piece of fabric (cut on the bias)
  2. Back skirt piece

Be sure and cut your placket piece on the bias! You will need the fabric to be a little bit more flexible to get it to lay nice and flat.

Press the skirt placket piece wrong side together 1/4″ (0.5 cm) on one of the long sides. This is how it will look like after pressing.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

Fold your back skirt in half RST. Mark a line at the fold of the skirt down 4″ (10cm) from the top of the skirt. Cut to make the opening for the placket. This is how it should look like.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later! Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later! Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

Now open the cut you just made into a wide “V”. This is how it should look like.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

With the wrong side of the skirt  and the right side of the placket together, align the unflolded raw edges of the placket with the open slit on the top of the skirt and pin and sew. When you sew, start with a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance and gradually taper the allowance when you get close to the centre of the placket to a needle width seam allowance. Then, as you sew back up to the opposite top edge the skirt, widen the seam allowance back to 3/8″ (1 cm) again.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

Now we will fold the placket around the raw edges to the right side of the fabric.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

Make sure there is no puckers at the bottom of the placket, edge stitch 1/8″ (0.3 cm) away from the folded edge. Press. Beautiful right!

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

With the back skirt folded RST, we will sew the bottom of the placket at an angle to complete the placket tutorial. Sew at an angle will help your placket lay flat when folded in half! Just perfect!

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

You are almost there! Place your back skirt right side up. Fold the right side of the placket behind the skirt, press and baste it in place.

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

The placket should be hidden when closed and no longer visible from the right side. Isn’t this beautiful!

Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket - I'm going to add this placket to all my dress patterns that don't have one! Must pin for later!

Take a minute to admire your Skirt placket!

Now what you should end up with is a beautiful placket (without puckers!). This placket can sometimes take a little practice to perfect, but I promise you, you can do them in your sleep after you have done them once or twice.  Now you add a placket to any dress that doesn’t already have one!

NEW RELEASE: Violet Dress & Top

Can you believe its already mid-July? Holy cow guys. This year is flying by! Not sure how it is in your part of the world, but here in Florida, it’s hot! Perfect timing for a quick summer sew. Introducing the Violet Dress & Top for both girls sizes 6M-12 years and Ladies sizes 0-20 (with an additional bust adjustment included!)

Violet Dress & Top – For Girls & Ladies

When we designed this we wanted something with bare shoulders made from a comfortable jersey knit fabric. And since its a single layer it makes it easy to beat the heat. And as a special bonus, its available in both girls and ladies sizes. You saw a sneak peak of the girls version when we released our Rose Bubble Shorts a few months ago.  I have gotten so many emails of people looking forward to this release! I know you guys are all excited to see more pictures, so let’s carry on!

Like always our testers did a great job!  Here are a few of our favorites!

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Seriously, how cute are they? This is one of my favorite sews this summer. And the best part is that when my husband got home and saw it he was made at me because he thought I went shopping! He could not believe I made it. I call that a win!

We are having a limited release sale on the Violet Dress & Top until Friday, July 22nd!  Be sure and pick up your copy before time runs out!

Violet Flounce Dress & Top: Clear Elastic Tutorial

elastic straps

Today’s post will show you how to prevent the seams of the spaghetti straps and the back bodice of our new pattern, Violet Flounce Dress & Top, from stretching out using clear elastic.

What you will need:

  • clear elastic
  • Pattern pieces
  • Fabric

 

Adding clear elastic to the straps:

  1. With right sides together, align the long edges of one strap and fold. Mark your seam allowance.

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2. Arrange your sewing so that the clear elastic is on the top of the marked seam allowance. Sew your seam, stitching on the clear elastic to secure it within the seam allowance. Don’t stretch the elastic or your straps. Cut some excess elastic off. Repeat this step  with the rest of the straps.

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3. Follow step 5 of the pattern tutorial to turn all your straps right side out.

NOTE: Sometimes depends on the type of the knit you will be using, your straps will be stretched a bit, after turning them right side out, check this by comparing them with the straps pattern pieces. If stretched out cut that extra off.

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And you are done! You can continue with step 6 of the pattern tutorial to attach the flounce!

Adding clear elastic to the back bodice:

  1. Place your back bodice and back facings right side together (straps are sandwich here). Mark your seam allowance.

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2. Arrange your sewing so that the clear elastic is on the top of the marked seam allowance. Sew your seam, stitching on the clear elastic to secure it within the seam allowance. Don’t stretch the elastic or your bodice. Cut some excess elastic off.

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You are done!  Continue with  step 12 to complete the dress or top.

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How easy is that? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments!