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popover dress shoulder ties

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    rachel @rachel

    It’s warming up here in Texas and I’d like to make a popover sundress for my daughter. I’m wondering – do you think the straps need to be cut on the bias… or could I get away with cutting them on the crossgrain? I don’t have enough fabric to cut them on the bias (maybe 1/4 yard) and I’d love to get by using what I have. Will it work? Or do you think they won’t lay right?

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    dkbnyc @dkbnyc

    They’d won’t lay right. It will look so much nice if they were bias cut. Can you piece them so there wold be a seam near the underarm? Is there enough fabric to do that?

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    with love Heidi @with love Heidi

    I agree you need them on the bias, but you could piece them. Google bias binding tutorials and there will be lots out there and I’m sure you could get them out of 1/4 yard if you don’t mind a few seams. good luck!

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    KarenK @KarenK

    You could but the benefit of cutting them on the bias is that they bind the armholes so nicely, flat and smooth. I also like the way that the ties function when they’re cut on the bias.

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    Robin @Robin

    I’ve done it with fabric cut on the cross grain. It wasn’t easy to work with and the results weren’t as nice. Do you have some packaged bias tape laying around? If not, I’d piece some together. Liesl has a coupe of blog posts about how to do this.

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    Nicole @motherof5

    I have not made this yet but could you bind the arm holes and the add a ribbon tie?

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    rachel @rachel

    Thanks so much for the feedback! I took your advice and pieced the bias binding. I had more fabric than I originally thought (maybe 1/3-1/2 yard) so it came together in four strips – two per strap. I took your advice, dkbnyc, and placed the pieced seam in the underarm. Brilliant. I was very happy with the results! My daughter and I were out for some mama-daughter time this afternoon – an ice cream date – and she spilled chocolate ice cream on the dress before I had a chance to snap photos. Maybe tomorrow. Thanks so much. You ladies are the best! <3<3<3

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    rachel @rachel

    ps one more question related to bias binding. my understanding was that it’s okay to cut on the cross grain if what you are trying to bind is not curved. if i want to use binding on a hem, can i cut that on the crossgrain? i have in the past and it’s worked fine for me, but would there be any reason that cutting on the bias would be better? thanks in advance. 🙂

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    with love Heidi @with love Heidi

    Yes that’s correct Rachel, bias binding on the curves but bias, cross grain or lengthwise grain is fine on the straight. Bias binding has all the fibers running at 45deg to the main direction of sewing and wear, so basically it’s slightly stronger/less prone to wear than if cut on the cross/lengthwise grain, but it’s mainly used in garment sewing for it’s stretch or decorative properties.

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    Sarvi @Sarvi

    Oh, I did not know that about it being stronger and less prone to wear. I find that straight grain ties seem to become less ‘wavy’ but shrink more. I have not undertaken careful study of it, though, so there may be confounding factors. Has anybody else noticed that?

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