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Simplicity 1797
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Date: 2/27/13 10:55 AM

I'm working on Simplicity 1797 view A. The princess seams have piping, but is this really piping? There is a rectangular pattern piece with cutting lines for 4 equal strips, "block for piping". The instructions read:
Cut block for piping along solid lines, forming four strips. Fold each strip in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together, having raw edges even. Press.
On outside, pin piping to double notched edge of bodice side front, having raw edges even. Baste.... Apply to other bodice section.... stitch bodice sections together etc.

No mention of cord anywhere. Does this seem odd to anyone else? I think it would look weird to have a little fold of fabric hanging out of those seams by itself, but maybe it's ok?

I'm leaning towards making corded piping out of the contrasting fabric that I'm using for the bindings and the angled waist trim.

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Date: 2/27/13 10:59 AM

Read here that cord is optional. :)

'Piping containing a cord is a little stiffer, and this property can be utilised to give added structure to a seam or edge.'






-- Edited on 2/27/13 11:02 AM --

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Date: 2/27/13 2:01 PM

Technically it's called "flat piping" - one of the Colette tutorials recommends making bias tape (but only folding it down the center) for this application.

It's a way to add a little contrast/interest w/out a big cord on the seam.

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