Topstitching is a fun way to add a simple detail to your clothing. Topstitching is a decorative stitch, usually a straight stitch but it can really be any type of stitch. It’s typically used on the edges of garments like hems and necklines. However, it can be used anywhere next to a seam. While you can use any thread, for maximum effect use a thicker thread such as silk or topstitching thread. These threads really show up on a garment. A stronger needle is recommended when using topstitching thread or you may be able to find a topstitching needle at your local fabric store.
To show you how you can mix and match colors, we used the three waistbands from the new Ginger pattern. See how fun the topstitching looks in these different colors? Topstitching is usually 1/8″ to 1/4″ away from the seam line and should be sewn slowly to get the best results.
Try topstitching the waistband along the inside and even down the seams of the skirt for a slightly sporty look. Remember that when you topstitch, the seam allowance is caught under the stitching. If you give it a try, show us in the forum or in our flickr group!