Just joining us? This week, Kimberly’s sharing her pro tips for applying bias tape to the Ravenna Blouse neckline. We’ve got a few copies of the Ravenna Blouse paper pattern left in the store. If you can’t find it there, you ca
n grab a paper or digital copy directly from the designer at Straight Stitch Designs – plus, check out her other amazing patterns!
You have nearly completed the Ravenna pattern, other than hemming, all that is left to do is attaching the bias tape to the neckline. For this final sew along post I will be walking you through the steps needed for the bias tape. I promise it is really easy!
There are a couple options when it comes to bias tape, you can either buy some from your local fabric store, or make your own. I prefer to make my own bias tape because it tends to be softer than store bought bias tape. It also gives you a chance to use the same fabric for the bias tape as you did for the top.
Starting at the zipper, fold one end of the bias tape to the wrong side ¼” and pin in place. Continue pinning the bias tape around the neckline. When you have reached the other side of the zipper, fold the bias tape ¼” to the wrong side and pin.
The next few steps differ slightly from the pattern as I have learned a lot about sewing since this pattern was originally created. While these steps aren’t totally necessary they are going to help the bias stay in place.
Press the bias tape and seam allowance up from the shirt.
Understitch the seam allowance to the bias tape at 1/8” around the entire neckline.
Fold the bias tape to the inside of the shirt and press well. Pressing the seams well in this step will lead to a clean and crisp neckline.
The final step is to sew the bias binding down around the neckline at ¼”.
Step back and admire your hard work and your new beautiful top.
Find week 1 & 2 of the Ravenna Top Sew Along here:
Week 2: Ravenna Blouse Sew Along. Learn how to jnstall an exposed zipper.
Thank you so much for joining me for this three part sew along series. It was so much fun to share these techniques with you and help you continue to learn new skills for garment sewing.
Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing your tips and techniques and for creating such a beautiful pattern!