*Sigh* I have a problem and need advice. Presenting Sorbetto (free pattern!), approximately 75% complete. The fabric was on the discount table at the fabric store, so I don’t know much about it’s contents other than it’s a cotton blend of some sort. It has a slight stretch on the bias.
But first a photo of my ever faithful sewing assistants…
Clearly they are a big help…
I read and re-read the tutorial and thought I completely understood the process. Turns out, I didn’t. I was completely confused and even asked the scientist husband to help. He was also confounded despite his superior spatial orientation skills. Finally, we both stared at the fabric long enough (which I had cut into a parallelogram and marked lines at this point) and figured out how to align everything into a spiral tube of sorts.
I then cut out the tape, but somehow my measured lines didn’t line up – some were wider than others. Huh? I seriously spent a long time measuring and I still had uneven widths? I give up.
Then I ran the bias tape through the bias tape marker with my iron. Not as easy as I was led to believe. It took forever to press the bias tape, but I did end up with A LOT of bias tape.
Alright, so now I was ready to attach the bias tape around the neck, which I did according to the directions in the pattern. As here’s my problem: serious gaping. It’s clear the neck got stretched out when I was attaching the bias tape.
But how can I fix it?
One step I skipped in the pattern directions was to stay stitch around the neck on both the front and back. I know, this is obviously the issue. BUT, because the bias tape is 1/4″ wide after folding, I would have had to stay stitch at 1/8″ in the seam allowance. I did try doing this, but my machine kept “eating” the fabric with such a small allowance and almost destroying the fabric. I finally had to give up and move on with the pattern.
But clearly this gapping is not acceptable.
My thought now is to re-make the bias tape (I’ll have to use the main fabric, of which I have plenty left over, because I don’t have any more contrast fabric). This time, though, I’ll make 1″ tape so that I have a wider seam allowance to play with and would (hopefully) be able to successfully stay stitch the neck.
Any other suggestions?