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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Stretch to fit? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/24/12 9:38 PM

Hi, I'm working on a very simple top with bat sleeves, and the neck has a narrow binding. The binding is a good six inches shorter than the neck. I even went so far as to re-cut the pieces to make sure they were correct; they were. This is a woven, not a knit.

Anyway, I pinned the binding to the neck edge and STRETCHED it as far as I could, but no matter how much I stretched it, the binding is still too short. I can sew some long stitches and gather the neck, but is there a trick to getting the binding to fit? I did cut the binding on the bias, by the way. Why do the pattern companies make the binding so much shorter than the neck?

Thanks for any advice.

Karen

-- Edited on 3/24/12 9:41 PM --

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Date: 3/24/12 9:56 PM

Is the pattern designed for knits or wovens? Having a short neck binding that you have to stretch to fit sounds very much like a knit pattern. What is the brand/number of the pattern?

If you are using a woven fabric and a pattern designed for a knit, you have to make some changes to compensate. You will have to cut the binding so that it is long enough for the actual neckline without any stretching. Measure the neck hole and cut accordingly.

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Date: 3/24/12 10:10 PM

No I just double-checked. Crepe de chine, cotton and lace are the suggested fabrics. Should I just cut the binding bigger?

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Date: 3/24/12 10:20 PM

The binding really has to be customized to the neckline. There is--unfortunately--no set formula.

Sewing Maven Louise Cutting says that for bias bindings on wovens she simply cuts the binding at 1:1; that is, the same length as the edge to be bound. A certain amount of futzing will undoubtedly be necessary, but myself, I'd be inclined to go just a tad, a tiny tad, shorter than the opening.

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Date: 3/24/12 11:52 PM

This sounds wrong to me for a woven. I agree with what has already been said.
I'm very curious as to which pattern it is......?

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Date: 3/25/12 0:08 AM

I'd also like to know which pattern it is. Have you checked the reviews of the pattern to see if anyone else mentioned this issue?

"Cotton and lace" could both be stretch or non-stretch fabrics, and knitted or not. Crepe de chine is a woven fabric, but "cotton & lace" are pretty meaningless guides to the recommended fabrics.

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Date: 3/25/12 10:25 AM

The pattern is McCalls 6510.

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Date: 3/25/12 10:58 AM

Is it possible that the tie has a seam and that two are supposed to be cut?

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Date: 3/25/12 11:12 AM

McCall's 6510

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Date: 3/25/12 11:43 AM

I've made this top twice and haven't had that problem. I've used chiffon type fabric each time.

I usually pin the bias strip around and get it to fit right, THEN sew the center back together while it's pinned. This way I get the right fit every time.

It's also possible your neckline stretched out if you didn't stay stitch it.
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