All about that bias

My very own bias tape!
My very own bias tape!

After buying the fabric and notions for the blouse (Butterick pattern B6097 View A), I realized I wasn’t happy with the idea of using the white bias tape I bought to finish the armscyes. I knew that it was possible to make bias tape on your own, so I set out to youtube. This video was super easy to follow and led me through the process. I even picked up my own bias tape maker and am pretty sure I will never buy bias tape again.

Bias tape folder
Bias tape folder

Bias tape is not something new to me, but it has been something I’ve struggled with making look really nice. Before attaching it, I reviewed some videos to remind myself how to do it and see if I could pick up some tricks. This video is pretty clear and even shows how to turn a 90 degree corner.

IMG_0965I used the “stitch in the ditch” strategy, which is what I have done in the past. The trouble I have previously run into is that my stitching doesn’t catch on the underside. What I did, once I attached the bias to the one side and before I folded it back over, I trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4 inch. Taking off the 1/8 inch allowed me to fold the bias tape over just a little bit more and to ensure that my stitching caught. This worked pretty well and I’ll be doing my bias tape this way in the future.

The finished blouse! I've been dying to wear peplum for years but it always hit me at the wrong place. Yay for sewing and making things fit perfectly!
The finished blouse! I’ve been dying to wear peplum for years but it always hit me at the wrong place. Yay for sewing and making things fit perfectly!

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