Sarai recently posted about the wonderful book, Stitching for Style. We thought it would be fun to share a couple of tutorials using the techniques from the book.
Today’s tutorial is perfect for adding a pretty edge to hems, necklines, and sleeves. For this project I used a slightly sheer fabric for the edging. I recommend using a lightweight fabric for this project because it will add less bulk to the seam. This edge is really customizable because you can use contrasting or sheer fabrics and play with the width and height of the petals.
The rose petal edge is just a gathered ruffle which is stitched down at even intervals, forming soft “petals.” They’re almost like gathered scallops.
- garment with facing
- extra fabric
- hand sewing needle
- fabric pencil or chalk
1. Measure the edge you’ll be embellishing. You need 1 1/2 times this number for the length of your bias tape.
2. The width of the bias tape is up to you, just make sure you add 1 1/4″ for the seam allowance of both sides. For this example, I used a 2 3/4″ wide bias strip. Cut out the bias strip.
3. Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise and pin in place. Sew three rows of basting stitches within the seam allowance.
4. Gather the basting stitches and pin to the edge of your garment. Make sure to spread out the gathers so they are even. Pin the facing piece to the garment. The bias strip is now sandwiched between the facing and the garment.
5. Stitch along the seamline. Remove the basting stitches. Trim or finish the seam allowance as desired.
6. Press the seam so that the facing is to the inside.
7. Mark 5/8″ from each edge. This is so that the edging will be even and you won’t sew over it when you continue the garment construction.
8. Decide how many petals you want by dividing the edge length. For this project, the length is 6″ between the seam allowance. I wanted 8 petals, so the distance between each petal is 3/4″. On the wrong side of the strip, mark the petal intervals.
9. With a thread and needle, begin by securing the thread in the seam. Stitch over the marked spot three times, pulling the thread in between the garment and facing. Secure the stitch with a knot.
10. Stitch through the seam allowance to the next petal and repeat the previous step until the petals are finished.
This is a really feminine little detail. It would look so pretty on a neckline or sleeve hem, like the illustration from the book, don’t you think?