I learned a new tricks that I'm excited to share with you today. It's the perfect finish for a Hailey top or dress when you are sewing with woven fabrics. Knit binding!!
I love this technique for the smooth finish, but also for the soft feel. T-shirt scraps are cheaper than pre-made bias tape too!
I'm using the Modkid Hailey to illustrate the knit binding technique, so I started with the bodice with the front seam still un-sewn. You will also need a 1" strip of knit fabric.
Pin the wrong side of the knit to the right side of the bodice aligning the raw edges.
Stitch the binding to the neckline with a 1/2" seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and clip the curve.
Press the seam to the wrong side and the binding away from the neckline.
Press the knit binding to the wrong side of the bodice rolling the seam to the inside slightly, so the binding will not be visible from the right side.
Stitch the binding down from the right side with a 3/8" seam allowance.
Trim the knit binding if needed. The knit edge will not fray, so you are done!
Close up the neck per the pattern instructions.
Of course, this technique isn't limited to Hailey Girls! We would suggest it for Hailey Misses, Hailey Tween, and Josie. It would work great for binding an arm hole as well!