- First, I cut out all the pieces except the two neck bindings.
- I traced the neckbindings on the fabric (I had already cut out the two facing pieces.) and then interfaced the area that would cover the bindings. I used a water soluble marker to trace them. I did this because I did not know if the stitching would make the piece get smaller.
- Next, I did a couple of samples on smaller pieces of fabric to see how I wanted to get the design to lay out. i bought a rayon thread that was close to the color of the fabric. I wanted to bring out the yellow, so it is a little bit more yellow than ivory. I think the tone on tone look is a little more elegant than contrasting stitching.
- The fabric still seemed a little wimpy for all that stitching, so I used Solvy water soluble stabilizer on the underside of the fabric. I used 505 temporary adhesive spray to keep the solvy in place.
- After I finished all the stitching, I checked the size against the pattern pieces and cut them out. They did not change in size - but I would always do it this way just in case!
- I found that the added advantage of leaving the pieces uncut while stitching is that it is much easier to turn and manipulate the fabric under the presser foot. I messed one up and tried it on a cut out piece and it was a nightmare!
- Finally, I rinsed out the cut pieces by hand and let them dry before sewing them in. This is unnecessary, but I don't like the feeling of the stiff stabilizer when I'm working with it.
My new Baby lock has hundreds of stitches on it, so I want to incorporate that into some of my garments. This was a leaf and vine pattern. I ran three rows of it with the middle row running the opposite direction.