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Date: 11/26/12 9:31 AM

What would be your prefered finish for the neckline and armhole of a stretch silk charmeuse tank? I'm hesitant between a narrow bias facing or a visible binding but I'm not sure if one would sit better than the other. Is there another option I haven't thought of?
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Date: 11/26/12 9:37 AM

Definitely my vote is for a narrow bias edge! I finish all my silk blouses this way.

You'll want to make sure you stabilise the opening edges before you apply the binding if you're using stretch silk, though.

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Date: 11/26/12 11:56 AM

Thanks! Excellent tutorial! What are the benefits of the double layer? Does it provide more stability?
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Date: 11/27/12 7:30 AM

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What are the benefits of the double layer?

Shrug. Less fiddly to press, easier to measure, and you get a nice clean edge on the inside.

Even with a bias tape maker, folding both sides in is just a PITA. Folding a slippery bias strip in half is way easier to me.

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Date: 11/27/12 10:25 AM

I'm with squirrellypoo - a double fold bias is way easier than standard bias if your fabric is fine and slippery. You end up with a neater finish and much less frustration!
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Date: 11/29/12 12:27 PM

Thank you both. I did this and it worked out really well. I used bias interfacing to stabilize the neckline and armscye.
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