In this video, you will learn how to bind the edges of the neckline and armholes of the A-Line Frock, using bias tape.
Binding ensures that the edges of your garment are protected, while giving a neat finish.
To learn how to stitch the facing to the neckline of the back piece, watch the previous video.
We shall now learn how to stitch binding along the neckline.
1 - Binding the front neckline
Place a strip of bias tape against the wrong side of the front piece and align it along the raw edge of the neckline.
We shall now stitch the edges together all along the front neckline.
Start with a reverse stitch less than a quarter of an inch from the edge, and proceed along the neckline.
Stitch slowly and carefully around the curve, always keeping the edges aligned as you progress.
Remember not to stretch the material to prevent it from losing its shape.
Continue stitching at an even distance from the edge of the neckline.
When you reach the end of the seam, cut the thread.
Cut the remaining bias tape as well.
One edge of the binding tape has been attached to the wrong side of the back piece.
We shall now fold the free edge of the bias tape inward against the right side of the front piece, as shown.
Fold the raw edge again to make a double fold.
Place one end of the neckline under the needle and start stitching the double folded bias tape to the it.
Stitch slowly and stop whenever you need to adjust the binding.
Stitch as close to the folded edge as you can.
When you reach the other end of the neckline, stitch off the edge and cut the thread.
Cut excess binding at both ends as well.
Ensure that your stitches are in place along the curve of the neckline.
This is how it should look on the right side of the fabric.
Before you proceed with binding the armholes, we shall stitch the front and back pieces together along the shoulder seam.
2 - Stitching the shoulder seams
To do this, place the back piece on top of the front piece, right side down, as shown.
Align the corresponding shoulders of the two pieces so the notches coincide.
Once this is done, place one end of shoulder line under the needle and make a reverse stitch.
Hold down both pieces in place and progress toward the notch.
Finish the seam with another reverse stitch.
Now, lift the presser foot with the needle inserted, flip the garment over and push the presser foot down.
Create a second stitch over the first one to secure the seam.
Reverse stitch, cut the thread and repeat the process on the other shoulder.
Repeat the same stitch on the other shoulder.
Now that the front and back pieces are joined, you may proceed with applying binding along the armholes.
3 - Binding the armoholes
Spread the garment on the table, wrong side up and align a strip of bias tape to the raw edge of the armhole.
Make sure that the bias tape is long enough to cover the entire curve.
Start stitching less than a quarter of an inch from the edge, along the armhole curve.
Stitch slowly around the curve and stop wherever you need to adjust the bias tape.
When you reach the other end of the armhole, cut the thread.
Fold out the bias tape along the seam and finger press the stitch so it settles in the fabric.
Cut any extra bias tape from both ends.
Repeat the step on the second armhole and turn the fabric over to the right side.
As we did before, fold the free edge of the bias tape inward against the right side of the fabric.
Fold the raw edge again to make a double fold, as shown.
Place one end of the armhole under the needle and stitch the binding in place.
Adjust and hold down the folds as you progress.
When you reach the end, cut the thread and repeat the same steps to finish binding the other armhole.
Do the same for the other armhole.
Cut any excess bias tape.
You have now learnt how to bind the neckline and armholes of an A-Line Frock.
To learn how to stitch the Hem, watch the next video.