May 26, 2011

Bonus Post - Piping

Piping is a great way to add a little pizazz and retro fun to a garment. Surprisingly, this is actually the first time I've used piping before, but it definitely won't be the last. For my 1st Ginger I used a store bought piping - even easier! Here's how I inserted it:

I noticed that there was a right side and a wrong side to the piping. On the wrong side the stitching seemed a bit thicker and the piping was sewn into the fabric in such a way that putting this side flush against the fabric made the right side pop up. To start, I took one one side of my seam allowance - this would have been the skirt section at the waistband on the Ginger.

I took my seam gauge and starting pinning the piping to the skirt at 5/8" away from the edge. The actual piping extended beyond the 5/8". See?

After I had pinned the piping in place, I hand basted the piping to the fabric real quick like.

With right sides together, I took the other side of the seam allowance - in this case the waistband section of the skirt - and basted these two sections with the piping in between with 1/4" seam allowance.

Next I put my conventional zipper foot on my machine and stitched flush against the piping with a 5/8" seam allowance. Press. Open and voila - a piped seam!

Pretty easy huh? Here's a few links for extras:

Make Your Own Piping - Burda Style

A different type of piping - Casey's Musings

Alright sewalongers, tomorrow is the last day of the Ginger Sewalong. I'm am seriously a zombie - meaning I'm going to turn into a pumpkin tomorrow night because I'm so tired. Don't worry! You'll have plenty of time to catch up because we're not going to be showing off our Gingers until next week. Tomorrow's the hem! Yay!


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