I am super duper excited to introduce Allison! We virtually took a Creative Live class together and became good “internet” friends. I was determined to find her at QuiltCon and the rest is “quilty friend history”. 🙂 When I was starting to work on the Learn More, Sew More garment making challenge, Allison quickly came to my assistance answering questions and commiserating about the horror of fitting boobs into garments!! She told me about a Washi Top she made using foldover elastic so I asked if she would put together a tutorial. Lucky us! Off to Allison…
Hi there, I’m Allison. I blog over at Allison Sews. I met Sandi through our blogs and instagram (and Fantasy Football!) and was so happy to be able to spend some time with her at Quiltcon! I was wearing a Staple Dress I had made and we talked a little about getting into making garments.
Lately, I’ve started sewing a little with knit for some garment making but I’m always looking for different ways to finish a garment or create different looks. I had heard that foldover elastic (FOE for short) could be used as a binding so I decided to try it out. Turns out I loved it! I’ve put together this tutorial so you can try it out too.
First, start your garment. I sewed up a quick tank top with some knit from Girl Charlee*, attaching the front and back at the shoulder and side seams. I’m going to use FOE to bind the neckline and arm holes. To make it easy to see, I picked a contrasting color from the tank. There are 2 sides to the FOE – shiny or matte. It’s really up to you which you show off, either way will work.
You’ll see a line down the middle where it can be folded in half lengthwise. The fabric will be sandwiched in here. Let’s start with the neckline. Turn your garment right side out and start near the center of the back of the neck. Using a zig zag stitch, sew the FOE to the wrong side of the neckline.
You’re going to want to stretch the FOE a little as you sew and go slowly so you can keep the edge of the fabric lined up with that center fold line. Make sure you’re stretching the FOE slightly to prevent the neckline from bowing outward when you wear it.
Now it’s time to fold it over and finish it off. Make sure you’re using a matching thread for this step as it will show on the outside of your finished garment. Use a narrower zig zag and sew close to the non-folded edge.
Again, take your time to keep your stitches close to the edge. When I got close to the end, I found it helpful to use tweezers to hold the top edge in place as that part went under the presser foot. Backstitch, hide your threads, and give it a good steam to fix any warping that may have occurred in the FOE. Finish off the arm holes the same way and enjoy your new top!
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Thank you, Allison!