Sunday, January 15, 2012

Picot-Edge Folded Bias Collar

Like the rest of you, a fabric or trim sometimes catches my eye and begs to come home with me. I purchased the black and turquoise dot pique' fabric and the Picot-Edge Folded Bias trim from Martha Pullen Company and could hardly wait to use them for the new pattern.

I made the collar out of white pique' and used white broadcloth for the lining. First, with wrong sides together, stitch the collar and lining together along the outer edge using a 5/8" seam allowance. Trim the excess fabric away, close to the stitching line.

Next, open up the bias piece and position it so that the pique' edge is resting on the outer edge of the collar and pin the folded edge in place. The wrong side of the bias is flattened out and is not stitched at this time. By trial and error, I found it helpful to open up the bias and run a gathering stitch on the machine on the fold line. I was then able to ease in the any fullness so that the folded edge lay flat for stitching. Pin the bias piece in place and stitch over the folded edge using a small zigzag stitch.

On the wrong side of the collar, pin the folded edge of the bias piece in place and slip stitch by hand. I was able to ease in any fullness as I went along.
I was very pleased with the finished look of the collar and looking forward to adding more colors to my stash!

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Gigi said...

Thank you for sharing use of bias picot trim--mine is still in the bag. I think I was afraid of it. I certainly didn't know how to put it around a collar. Thank you, Thank you for sharing your ingenuity with us. I LOVE your new pattern. Can't wait to try it.

Beth said...

Thanks for giving tutorials with such great pictures of the steps! I'm a beginner sewer, but I aim high: My first project was a smocked shortall (first smocked piece, too). I've begun my own blog, to share my journey as I learn sewing techniques. I'd love it if you had time to visit my blog. I'm at


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