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Date: 5/31/12 0:44 AM

I have been wanting to work with some pretty polyester. (Any tips would be appreciated! I'm trying sizing to stiffen it)

So I bought a draped pattern- Mccalls 6563. But the back neckline requires bias tape for support, I assume. However, it's going to be hard enough working with poly, much less attaching bias tape.

Really necessary? Or is there an easier substitute?

Thanks for any suggestions before I take the plunge.
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Date: 5/31/12 5:55 AM

It shouldn't be so hard to attach the bias tape. You can hand baste it first, then fold over and sew.
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Date: 5/31/12 8:03 AM

Bias tape of a length of bias cut fusible interfacing should work. I always use tape, etc. Otherwise the design can stretch out of shape and look wonky.

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Date: 6/4/12 5:23 PM

Does bias tape need to be pre-shrunk? As I recall, it was made of cotton?
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Date: 6/4/12 5:40 PM

Most of the commercially available bias tape is a cotton/poly blend.

I've never preshrunk it, but I know some sewers do. It is not a bad idea, however. I've had commercial bias change shape very slightly after it was first laundered in a project. This could have been due to the way I manipulated the bias when I sewed it rather than shrinkage. The results were OK with me, but there was a slight difference after the first laundering.

The method I remember is:

Put the bias tape in a zippered laundry bag and wash, then let it air dry.

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Date: 6/4/12 6:17 PM

I have made that top a few times, and the bias that is used on the back neck is actually a facing, not for stabilizing. I would recommend cutting a piece of your fashion fabric for this piece. IF your knit is pretty stretchy, I would cut it so the piece is the correct measurement, with the greatest stretch along the length. It is not hard to apply. I do not have the pattern in front of me, but I would think the directions should be pretty clear.
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Date: 6/4/12 9:45 PM

The fabric is not stretchy...so would self facing be viable? I have rarely sewn clothing, so I'm pretty ignorant about it.
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