Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? We’re really excited to be a part of Sew Your Hart Out September, a month-long sewing celebration hosted by one of my favorite fabric stores—Harts Fabrics! All month they’ve been posting helpful tutorials, projects featuring some of the latest and greatest fabric, and giving away fun prizes.
To celebrate Rue along with Sew Your Hart Out September, I stitched up my dress in Robert Kaufman’s new Euclid line designed by Carolyn Friedlander. I had a really hard time choosing which fabric from the collection to use, but I settled on the cotton/linen blend in Earth, and it was a joy to sew. For the piping I used Robert Kaufman’s classic Essex linen in a great shade of blue. It’s my favorite fabric to use for piping and bias tape, because it comes in so many colors and feels much better than the store-bought stuff.
My (modified) Rue
As much as I love vintage dresses, I don’t actually have any in my wardrobe. The truth is, I don’t wear dresses very often, unless they are sack dresses. When I saw Anna’s design for Rue, I knew I had to give it a try, so I decided to step outside of my comfort zone. But just a little bit.
Since Rue would be my first dress featuring piping and a more fitted waist, I decided to ease into the vintage spirit by keeping the silhouette a little bit more “me.” All I did was eliminate the tucks at the front bodice and skip the sleeves. Since my fabric was rather thick and sturdy, I skipped the lining as well, otherwise the dress might have been a little too heavy for warm weather.
I have to admit, I think I like wearing a more fitted bodice as well as a pleated skirt, two style choices you might not find in my everyday wardrobe. So I definitely tried something new, right?
Need some piping help?
If you’d like to make your own piping, and need some help sewing your piping into a curved seam, check out my piping tutorial over on the Harts Fabrics blog.
Don’t worry, adding piping to a curved seam is just as easy as adding it to a straight seam. It just requires some extra trimming and notching! You can read the step-by-step instructions here.
What about you—do you have a favorite project that featured piping? What are some creative ways that you’ve used piping in your seams?