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Dp Studio Le 603 Pattern: Working with Border Prints and Piping a Peter Pan Collar

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Paisley Border Print Cotton Voile Designer Surplus

Paisley Border Print Cotton Voile Designer Surplus

This is a great refined summer sewing project for a light cotton voile border print. The first step is to complete the piped collar and stand. Stylearc has a really straightforward tutorial on constructing the collar and stand here. For the piping I have some quick tips below:

First, interface both sides of the collar if you are working with sheer cotton - the seam allowances will show through if you don’t. I used a medium weight siri (buy here).


Sewing Tip:

When you sit down to attach the piping to the upper collar - start sewing (try not to use pins) and right before you reach the curve of the collar - stop, drop needle into fabric, clip the length of piping that will wrap the curve, clip about 1/2 to 3/4 into the tape, if you clip too far the notches will prevent a smooth curve, continue to sew SLOWLY placing the piping around the curve as you sew - make sure to stitch close to the piping as this line will be the guide.


When you sew the under and upper collars together, place the upper piped collar on top of the under collar using the stitching line (that attached the piping) as your guide. This will give you a perfect piped edge with no tape showing.


Don’t be discouraged to try challenging patterns!


Tip: DP STudio Le 916 Asymmetric Cardigan Dress Straps

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If you get stuck on how to close the self lined straps, I hope this will help clarify the process. It's easy don't worry.

Once you have stitched the armholes and necklines - turned and presssed them - and stitched shoulder seams of the lining and dress together you are ready to close up the straps. This may seem like a puzzle at first.

1. First, with the dress right side out, reach inside the strap and pull out the

first side to close - right sides together and stitch closed.

2. Now, from the bottom of the dress reach

inside the dress/top, between the lining and the exterior

dress fabric. Grab onto strap from the inside and pull outside. The dress

will now be inside out.


3. Stitch the second side closed (inside you will see the other side of the

closed strap) and turn to the right side and press. That's it!