A great variety of effects can be achieved using a bias-cut tape. Its pliability lends itself well to all sorts of sewing projects. It can be a part of the dress structure, embellishment, or wholly practical element of the garment. Bias binding has many uses thanks to its unique qualities.
Examples of applying a bias binding:
There are many ways to finish a raw edge of your skirt or dress. Hemming the dress with contrasting colour bias tape adds a visual interest to the overall design. It can be done in straight or wavy line. You can also successfully use it to finish a curved hem of a circle skirt,flap of a pocket or petal sleeve.
Ties and shoulder straps.
It is not necessary to attach bias binding to a main piece. Folded in four and top stitched it makes a dainty tie strings for an apron or shoulder straps for a sundress.
Used in contrasting or matching colours it gives the garment well rounded, coordinated appearance.
Sometimes it may not be practical to cut a facing for finishing raw edges. Bias binding can easily be shaped to finish the neckline or armhole. The bias cut will allow it to be molded into the exact shape of the edge that needs to be faced.
Decorating with bias tape takes full advantage of pliable qualities of a bias fabric grain. For complex shapes the tape is molded over a drawn sketch of the chosen design. Hot iron with moderate steam is used. For intricate shapes the mini iron is a great help. After stretching and pressing the bias tape into desired form it needs to cool down on a flat surface.
Preventing the fraying of seam allowances.
This is a well known tailor's technique to prevent fraying of the thick fabrics. It is used to treat the raw edges of the jackets and coats that have no lining. Done with silk lining it doesn't add much bulk and makes the inside of the garment look neat and attractive. It has additional advantage - unlike the edges overcast by serger it won't leave a trace on the right side of the garment after ironing.
This technique is often used to create the "stained glass" effect. Raw edges of the appliqué are covered and top stitched with pre-shaped bias tape. The dark outlines give the quilt a distinct, crisp appearance.
Covering the seams.
- Technique often employed by the undergarment manufactures. Thin bias tape covers the seam on the wrong side of the garment. It serves to minimise the irritation to the skin, softening the friction caused by a close fitted garments.
Tools of the trade:
- Bias tape maker
- Cutting mat
- Bias folding kit
- Mini iron