|You can see a top and a skirt I've made using home-made embellished ribbon here - http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=21873 and here - http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=21874.
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 - http://bp2.blogger.com/_e2XwlkD5wb0/RpH_Xhjpi4I/AAAAAAAAAgM/Ms1NgZhCUaY/s1600-h/DSCN2647.JPG 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.