Malibu Sew-Along // Day 2

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Unless you are using pre-made bias tape or fold-over elastic (FOE), we've got a little bit of tedious work to start off day two. It will all be worth it though!!

Hopefully you've already cut your strips from Day 1. You will need to join strips to result in 2.5 yards of bias for sizes 2T to 5 and 3 yards for sizes 6 to 12. Woven fabric strips cut on the bias need to be joined at an angle. Knit fabric strips cut on the straight width of the fabric can be joined straight at the short ends.

Now, you will take your long skinny strips and start pressing. For knit bias, I highly recommend using spray starch to get crisp folds. First, press the strip in half long ways with wrong sides together to form a center crease. Open up the strip and fold both of the long edges in to the center crease. Press well. Finally, fold the strip in half again lengthwise encasing the raw edges. Press again. Bet you're glad that's done! Now, you can set it aside for a moment.

If you are sewing with knits for the first time, be sure to reference Patty's Tips for Sewing with Knits.

Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

Lay your front bodice on the table with the right side facing up. Lay one back bodice down right sides together aligning the shoulder and side edge. Stitch across the shoulder and down the sides of the bodice.

Lay the opposite back bodice piece right sides together with the front bodice overlapping the back bodice piece you just sewed. Stitch across the shoulder and down the side. Finish the seams with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seam allowances to one side. 

Tomorrow we will be attaching that lovely strip of bias tape you created.

See the rest of the Malibu Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebookgroup. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #malibusewalong.

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