Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3 – Binding & Facings

Thanks for joining in the Dixie DIY shorts sew along. This sew along went fast, and we hope you enjoyed making the shorts. I would really like to see these made up in a light weight wool for fall. Currently, we are experiencing a bit of technical issues with the e-pattern. When it is ready to go I’ll will let everyone know on Facebook, until then you can purchase the pattern on Dixie’s site here.

I’ll let Rhonda take it from here so you can get those shorts made in time for summer fun.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

“The details are not the details, they are what make the design.”

Charles Eames ~

The details that we so painstakingly add to our garments can make or break a great garment. More often than not, it’s the execution of the detail that will make or break the overall look of the garment.

Just a quick note on the waistband yoke before we move on to binding our shorts. In the video, I talked about turning under the edge of the waistband yoke facing and hand stitching it in place. There is a quicker method. Take a look at the picture below and you will see that I sergered the lower edge of my facing.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

I pressed the facing. I then turned the garment to the front side, pinned the facing in place and then stitched in the ditch. This will give a clean finish to your waistband yoke and eliminate the need to hand stitch the facing down. It will also eliminate some bulk in the seam.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

Binding a garment can seem a little tricky, but it’s really about just taking your time.

Begin by cutting a 2″ wide strip of bias binding. Be sure that the strip is cut on the bias. If it is on the straight or crosswise grain, it will not move around the curve of the leg.

Sew the binding the the edge of the shorts with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Be  careful to not stretch the binding strip as you sew around the leg of the shorts.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

 Once sewn, press the binding away from the short. Be sure that the pressed edge is nice and crisp.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

Be sure to leave a little extra at the top edge of the short in order to turn under the raw edge.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

 On the back side, fold the binding over to meet the raw edge and press in place.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

Once pressed, fold the binding over so that it covers the seam. On the front side, pin the binding in place just along the seam edge. Be sure to turn under the raw edge at the waist.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

 Check the back side to make sure that the pins are holding the binding edge in place.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

 Stitch the binding in place by sewing in the ditch that is between the short and the binding.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

 Success!!! The binding looks as pretty on the back as it does on the front.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

 The binding is in place.

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

Before sewing the legs together, we need to add the buttonholes which we will do in our final post.

Good luck with your binding. Remember, it’s all about just taking your time.

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

 Dixie DIY Shorts Week 3   Binding & Facings

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