How to finish a neckline using a bias tape
Neckline finishing. Here is a tutorial that I hope will be useful, especially to finish the neckline of the Ortense blouse or Nell top. I describe the two techniques I use, but there may be others!
I use this one when I cut my bias in a piece of fabric.
Width of the folded bias = 2 cm (13/16 in)
Fold the bias tape in half, wrong sides together.
For open neckline, fold the free ends before folding the bias tape in half.
For a round/closed neckline, procede as describe in the pictures below.
Put the bias tape on the right side of the neckline (raw edge outside). Don’t pull on the neckline to avoid distortion. Sew at 8 or 9 mm (5/16 in) from the edge. Trim down seam allowance and clip. (“Endroit”= Right side)
Press the bias tape towards the top and fold it towards the wrong side of the fabric (“Envers”= Wrong side) . Press and sew the bias tape on the neckline at 1 cm (3/8 in) of the edge.
You are done!
I use this method for commercial bias tape.
Completely unfold one side of the bias tape and pin it to the neckline, right sides together. Keep the other side of the bias folded. Stitch in the first fold.
Clip into the seam allowance.
Press the bias tape towards the top and fold it towards the wrong side. The free edge of the bias tape must stay folded during this step. Press again. The bias tape covers the neckline.
Fold the neckline (covered by the bias tape) to the wrong side. Press and sew at 1 cm (3/8 in) of the edge.
You are done!
For both methods, you can use twin needles for the last seam.
I hope this tutorial will help you to make nice neckline finishing!