Ever find a pattern that offers lining and then you suddenly wonder what if I omit the lining. Then think again…Binding. That is the answer…or a simple neckband. Binding however offers a more professionally polished look similar to the ready to wear clothes that are purchased at the local stores!
So let’s get started on this fun hack/modification as we add binding and omit our lining for the Girl’s Juliet Leotard by Petite Stitchery & Co. **just as a side note this can be done to any garment’s neckline that requires lining of the bodice**
Some of the supplies needed include: (a) your sewing machine or serger, (b) coverstitch or twin needle, (c) coordinating thread, (d) string or tape measurer, (e) ruler, (f) rotary cutter or scissors, (g) cutting mat if using a rotary cutter and pins or clips!
Now…grab your bodice or the garment you will be adding neck binding to along with your string or measuring tape. Again, this is my Juliet Leotard. I am using a double brushed poly fabric in lilac from Knitpop.
Once you have measured the entire opening of the neck. You will then either measure your string to lay your measuring tape out and jot the number measured down. My opening was 20in. I then multiplied that by 80%**. 80% is the stretch of the fabric. I then obtained the number 16. Translate that now into 16in. So I will cut my binding to be 16in in its width and 1.75in tall.
**note: binding is usually measured at 90% dependent upon the fabrics stretch
Once your binding has been cut using the measurements you obtained we will then sew the short sides together creating a loop. Similar to that of a neckband we want to quarter our binding and our neck opening of our garment.
Once quartered we will align our pins or clips and match them appropriately with the binding right side to the neck opening of the garment. Once pinned or clipped into place we will use a 1/4in seam allowance and serge or sew the binding into place. Again remember that the binding is right side against the right side of the garment.
Now that our binding is sewn to our neck opening we will fold our binding into quarters around the seam we just created. I prefer to have my seam facing up towards the opening so that it is not exposed when I topstitch. As you fold your binding around the neck opening you will pin or clip it into place so that it does not unfold. **Ensure that your seam is enclosed under the binding.
Once pinned or clipped all the way around the neck opening we will topstitch. You can use a coverstitch or your twin needle. Don’t have either? Use a simple zig zag stitch to help hold the binding into place as there will be stretching.
Once you have topstitched your binding into place…it is wearable. Don’t forget to overlap the beginning stitch by approximately 1 full inch to ensure that the thread does not unravel.
Now you can enjoy your gorgeous binding rather than lining a garment to your liking! Enjoy!
Pattern Used: Petite Stitchery & Co’s Girl’s Juliet Leotard
There is also a Baby Girl’s Version –> Here
Fabric From: Knitpop – Lilac Double Brushed Poly
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