Saturday, January 09, 2016

Adding Piping to a Sleeve Hem

There were several Carolyn touches added to my designer knock-off tunic, primarily piping.  As I was inserting the piping to the sleeve hem I posted a picture to Instagram. Then I had a thought that I should add a post on how I added the piping plus hem facing to the sleeve.  So here it is:

First thing I did was draw a hem facing by using the the pattern piece and some wax chalk ~


After cutting the hem facing out, serging the edges to finish them and stitching the side seam, I was left with this ~


The hem facing's other edge was then machine stitched flat to clean finish the edge for actual hand stitching the hem ~


The facing was pinned to the sleeve, matching the undersleeve seam ~


I set my sewing machine up with the extension table removed for freearm stitching with my zipper foot on the machine. I use my zipper foot even though there is a piping foot that can be purchased for my sewing machine. My zipper foot works well because I can get it close enough to the piping while it's encased in fabric. 


Stitch close to the piping on the facing edge. I grade the seam by the piping join to remove some of the excess bulk. Then I pin the facing in, prior to pressing it ~


Next I edgestitch close to the piping on the outside of the sleeve, using a 2.9 stitch length on my machine ~


Finally everything is pressed flat using a silk organza pressing cloth and the clapper ~


Here is the sleeve once it's inserted into the garment ~


I think this is a great technique to add to your garments. It will help take them to the next level. If you've followed along here, you will realize that I'm a piping fiend and use a lot of it in my garments. I just like the touch it adds to them or maybe I'm just channeling Cynthia Guffey!

If you're interested in how I add piping to garments, I wrote post about it back in 2008 and you can find the information here. BTW, my Sewing Techniques link has some good information in it, if you're looking for a technique I've used in previous garments or just want to learn a new sewing skill.

Next up is a denim skirt from Vogue 1247. I loved my original skirt and can't believe I was able to reproduce it in a fabric for my new lifestyle. BTW, some time in 2016 I'm gonna stop using that phrase ~ I promise! *LOL*

...as always more later!



7 comments:

  1. Always such beautiful special touches!

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  2. Love your new tunic and thanks for the piping info. I learn so much from you.

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  3. Great post! Thanks for this tip. Did you make the piping yourself? It's such a perfect match.

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    1. Hey Mary - no I didn't. Purchased it at Daytona Trimmings. They have a whole wall of it, if you're looking for some!

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  4. I agree. The piping adds a touch of class to your pretty tunic!

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  5. Nice color for the tunic and thanks for sharing your detailed technique for us to see. I’d try your technique with some of the sleeved tops I will make for this year. I hate it when the piping looks crumpled when I stitch in the sleeves – it makes me feel the effort is wasted.

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  6. I need to try this! What a great technique!

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