Piping is a great way to add contrast and a pop of colour between two fabrics. The piping can contain cord or not. Today I'll show you the super easy option: how to add piping, without a cord. It's so easy, I can hardly call this a tutorial, but if you are new to sewing, it may be a technique you are unfamiliar with and one you can master without difficulty.
Width to cut the piping fabric =
double the finished width of the piping + double the seam allowance.
In this instance, there is no need to cut the piping on the bias, as it will not be sewn into curves. I've cut my piping 1" (2.5cm) wide and am sewing 1/4" seams.
- Fold the piping in half.
- Place on the right side of one of the skirt pieces, raw edges together.
- Baste together using a 1/8" seam.
- Place the 2nd piece of fabric on top, right sides together, sandwiching the piping in between the two fabrics.
- Sew with a 1/4" seam.
- Neaten seam edges.
You can, of course, vary the seam widths and the piping widths.
- Press the seam towards the top of the skirt. (I just finger press.)
- Set machine stitch slightly longer than normal. I use a stitch length of 2.8.
- On the right side of the skirt, sew a row of topstitching about 1/8" from the seam. This will hold the seam in place and gives a nice finish.
That's all there is to it!!! Now proceed to sew the rest of your dress, as you normally would, making sure you line up the piping on the front and back of the garment.
When I was given the daisy print by a friend, I knew straight away that I wanted to use it in a dress, but as it was only a small piece, I knew I'd have to team it with other fabrics, even though I was making a size 2. Initially, I thought I'd just use red as a contrasting fabric, but after cutting the bodice and piping, I only had a few scraps left, so I used a black for the band instead. To break up the black, I've used an embroidery stitch to sew the hem.
Last time I made the Good Deeds Dress by Elysium, I said I'd show you how to make a lined bodice. I'll just have to make another, because I've used bias binding on this one, which is dress number 4, towards my goal, sewing for Dress A Girl Around the World this year.
I'll be adding this dress to the Elysium Sewing Patterns Flickr group and to the Ongoing Dresses for Girls link party, here at Threading My Way. As of today, there are 240+ fabulous dresses in the collection. I'd love you to add any dresses you have made.