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Date: 8/11/12 8:11 PM

The problem...I'm making a Sorbetto top in cotton voile and have just removed the bias binding from the neckline because I was unhappy with my stitching. I'm redo-ing the binding entirely.

I was as careful as I could be but the neckline fabric looks slightly stretched to me. Is there a fix for this?

Thanks in advance!!

Now to work this knot out of my shoulder I developed unpicking my stitches. Lol.

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Date: 8/12/12 8:40 AM

The bias binding should be "stretched" a little - not the neckline. Also add some kind of stabilizer to the neckline or stay-stitch. I also try to iron the bias tape in a curve - Good luck.

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Date: 8/12/12 8:47 AM

You can try a little clear elastic stitched to the inside. Just stretch the elastic a teeny bit to get the neckline to lay down. I made a dress out of a KwikSew pattern and wore it alot; it still hangs in my closet. The neckline became stretched over time and I stitched the clear elastic just inside the neckline; I didn't stretch it much, and now the neckline lays down.

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Date: 8/12/12 9:01 AM

I think it just got a little stretched with handling while I unpicked my stitches. I DID staystitch the front but forgot the back neckline...the stretched one! Thanks for the reply!

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Date: 8/12/12 9:10 AM

Thanks for that tip!! I am hoping for this particular top I won't have to
resort to adding the elastic, but that is good to know.

Last night, I sprayed the neckline fabric (while laying flat) with water and blow dried with a hair dryer (had to repeat). It seems to have done the trick, maybe just since the stretching was not too much. I will press and start over with the bias binding and we shall see!!

Here's hoping round 2 later today goes well!

I appreciate the reply! Thanks so much!

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Date: 8/12/12 11:53 AM

Before you press the neckline, it would be good to compare its length with the pattern piece. I mention this because if it is still a bit larger than the pattern, you can sometimes shrink it back even a bit more with a combo of steam and judicious patting or manipulation with your fingers.

Take care not to actually "iron" the curve; that would tend to stretch it again.

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