Is it October already? What do you mean it’s nearly November? What happened to September? The Mini Wardrobe boat has well and truly sailed without me, but I did get 2 out of my 4 items finished, which considering that I had a lot of chore sewing to do (summer PJ’s for the kids, some mending and alterations and new curtains for the nursery, ugh why are curtains so awful to sew, I always vow never again!).But 2 out of 4 aint bad. They just need to be photographed, blogged and reviewed.
But back to the title of the post. I have always hated staystitching. Friends in the trade swear it isn’t done in production, and I suspect that the very act of passing the fabric through the machine in order to stabilise it probably creates some distortion anyway, which defeats the purpose. Vilene frames are a good alternative and something I would do if I was making something special or using very expensive fabric.
And then I found a little pack of iron on bias tape that I had bought ages ago, stashed away and promptly forgot about! Which inspired me to make up some tops to try it out.
This here T-shirt has a very low neckline, which I didn’t want to stretch any lower, and as it is large enough to fit over the head, I thought that the bias tape would be a good way to make sure the neckline didn’t distort or stretch during handling.
I cut the fabric, left the pattern pinned to the fabric, went straight to the iron board and applied the tape to the wrong side of the neckline and hey presto, a nice stable edge that was in no danger of stretching out of shape, and best of all no staytitching! Hooray!
I don’t have much of the tape left, but I think that I will make my own using skinny strips of iron on fusing when this stash runs out. That’s unless of course anyone has any tips on where to get it wholesale!