details: running stitch

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the little things that make a garment special. A running stitch is an easy hand-stitched detail that can be added to a collar, a placket, a side seam or hem or lots of other places.

These are a couple of shirts I found in S’s closet, both with a running stitch at the collar. I like the variegated thread colors in the blouse on the right.

Running Stitch Detail

A running stitch would be an easy addition to the Music Class blouse collar. It would be cute on the sleeve cuffs, too. You could also use it anywhere you would usually topstitch or edgestitch. In fact, when I was shopping yesterday I noticed a beautiful blouse that had contrast running stitch on pintucks in place of the usual tiny machine stitches. Easy detail, lots of impact on the finished piece. I’m still debating whether to add a running stitch to the linen Music Class blouse I finally finished making for S.

Thankfully, it fits, even though I cut it out last summer. If this hot weather continues, she might even wear it a few times before she outgrows it!




  1. I must admit that I do have a serious crush on beautiful details like these that make a garment (handmade or not) unique.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. autumn

    i saw a dress recently that a woman used a running stitch on, and i fell in love. is there no magical way to do this by machine?

  3. Aw… this is really pretty. Great idea – I’m going to bookmark it in my sewing inspiration folder. Thank you!

  4. ali

    haha– I just finished the ice cream dress for my daughter that I also cut out last summer! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  5. Janice Regier

    Thanks for the blog entry !

  6. Lisa Moore

    When I added a running stitch to the Peter Pan collar and cuffs of a wool jacket (for 4 year old), I first machine basted a line to follow in contrasting thread. This made the running stitch turn out straighter. I can’t remember if I used pearl cotton or embroidery thread for the running stitch, but I was super pleased with the result.

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