Should facing be cut on the bias?
A bias strip of lining fabric can eliminate heavy shaped facings on bulky fabrics. A bias facing should be about 1/2 in. wide when finished. Cut the bias strip twice as wide as the desired finished width plus the width of two seam allowances (Figure 14).
How do you finish edges with bias tape?
With right sides facing, sew the bias tape ends together. Trim down to 1/4″ and press the seam open. Next, “stitch in the ditch” of your tape; sew the tape to your garment, with the stitch line inside the crease that is closest to the edge of the garment.
How do you get bias tape to lay flat?
Press your bias tape in half with wrong sides together. Pin the folded binding to your neck opening, aligning raw edges. Again, use a slight amount of tension to help the bias lay flat. The key is slight – just enough that the bias hugs the seam without pulling or becoming too narrow.
Is bias cut flattering?
The cut is key; anything on the bias is usually really flattering as it hugs the small part of your waist and skims over your hips. And a good fabric is essential, too; a good quality silk will smooth out lumps and bumps, not accentuate them.
What trim is used to finish the raw edges of a bias opening?
Binding is a bias cut strip of fabric with pre-folded edges. The fact that it’s bias cut makes it ideal for finishing curved edges. For our edge finishing purposes in this tutorial, I’d recommend using 1/4″ – 1/2″ width binding. You can buy single or double fold binding in many widths and colors.
Is bias tape visible?
So the bias tape is instead turned under the main garment edge and stitched into place to finish the fabric edge off. Bias facing is usually hidden, while bias binding is visible.
What is the point of bias tape?
Bias tape is used in making piping, binding seams, finishing raw edges, etc. It is often used on the edges of quilts, placemats, and bibs, around armhole and neckline edges instead of a facing, and as a simple strap or tie for casual bags or clothing.