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Posted on: 7/10/07 6:24 AM
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You can see a top and a skirt I've made using home-made embellished ribbon here - and here -
What I did:
1) Take a piece of pre-folded satin bias (last night I tried with organza ribbon as well and it was great), especially because bias is easier to "mold" with steam to match a neckline or a flared skirt.
2) Unfold the tape and press it, but not very hard, you still want those foldlines to show.
3) Fuse steam a seam to the tape, then fold it again and fuse - careful, use a teflon sheet, you don't want fusible residue on your iron - go here - to see the back of my folded and fused tape. The steam a seam not only finishes the tape, but acts as a stabiliser. When using the organza ribbon, which was not bias and not folded, I still used steam a seam to stabilise the ribbon. Plus when I placed the ribbon on my top, the steam a seam use there and helped me in fixing the tape on the top.
4) Experiment with decorative stitches on the right side of your ribbon. I've tried several that I like and used both variegated metallic thread and silk thread in the color of the ribbon.
The results are very nice, I like the best the variegated metallic thread version - it has an Asian touch - and it is a very easy and quick way to make a simple basic top quite unique.

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SewTwin said... (7/29/07 1:11 AM) Reply
WOW! Great tip! Now, I will get the nerve to do this on some of my tank tops, and T-shirt tops.
Jali said... (7/15/07 10:30 AM) Reply
That's a pretty trim. Thanks for the tip.
LauraLo said... (7/12/07 5:29 PM) Reply
W, I buy the prefolded bias tape in notion shops in my city, Bucharest. But if I didn't find the right colour, I wouldn't mind making it myself. I have two bias makers and satin is not difficult to find.
W said... (7/12/07 1:55 PM) Reply
Where do you find the prefolded satin bias tape? Do you make it yourself? Wrights doesn't make it anymore, except for the thick one for baby blankets, that's why I ask.
Danvillegirl said... (7/12/07 5:23 AM) Reply
This is a nice tip. Something that I can do but just have not thought about it or attempted it.
TrixieD said... (7/11/07 8:56 AM) Reply
Thanks for the details. I'm anxious to try something like that on the next knit.
LauraM62 said... (7/11/07 7:28 AM) Reply
I think this is a wonderful idea & way to add a special touch - thanks Laura!
Rhoda K said... (7/10/07 10:28 PM) Reply
Thanks - I've been looking out for some different bindings for necklines, etc. Great tip!
Susan M said... (7/10/07 2:09 PM) Reply
Very, very nice. What a wonderful way to add a custom look to your clothes.
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