If you haven't had a chance to check out Couture Academy, you'll want to soon as upload videos related to bias tape, the overlooked darling of couture sewing. Bias tape is often associated with little girl dresses, aprons, totes, backpacks...but with just the right bias tape it can elevate your sewing from mundane to marvelous.
How to choose the right bias tape? Figure out what kind of look you're seeking. If you're after night hotness, select a trim that shiny and/or metallic. But you can't go wrong with using leather or a faux leather bias tape (most often found in the high-end fabric stores).
Bias tape is a great alternative when you're short on your main fashion fabric and you don't have enough for facings. Even if you've got plenty of fabric, it's still a snazzy choice.
I use bias tape on my own rendition of Butterick B5473 designed by Connie Crawford (View B vest). Watch for it in the next week or so on Couture Academy. The fabric and the black satin bias tape (available by the yard) are from Vogue Fabrics, Evanston, Ill.
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