Sewing a Cowl Blouse

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31 Days of Sewing: Day 8

I am finally back on track with things here. The miscellaneous trials of this last week have come and gone, and I am glad to be back to sewing.

This project is truly a one hour accomplishment. This is Vogue Pattern #9771. It’s only two pieces, you sure can’t get any easier than that.

I chose a blue poly knit for this one, it is one of my favorite fabrics to work with.

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The knit has a wonderful drape, washes easily and is easy to sew.

This blouse is cut on the bias which gives it a great fit.

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The pattern calls for a facing around the armhole and back neck. I personally hate facings. Why would someone want to have a wad of extra fabric and stiff interfacing under their armpit?

This will always be a mystery to me.

There is an easier way.

Most garments today aren’t made with armhole facings, but are finished with bias binding.

It’s easier, faster, and is much less bulky.

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This is how it looks on the finished garment.

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To make your own bias binding, find the true bias of the fabric by folding the selvedges at a 90 degree angle (as in the top of this photo).

Cut along the folded edge to separate the fabric layers.

Cut 3 strips of fabric along the cut edge, mine were 2 1/4″ wide. I mark them with pins, but you may prefer to draw it out with a ruler.

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Fold the bias in half lengthwise. Pin to the right side of back neck and armhole.

Stitch through all layers. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″. Under stitch seam allowance to binding along neck edge.

Turn binding to wrong side, edge stitch 1/8″ from rolled edge.

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The finished edge should look like this.

It will save you time has a nice clean finish to it.

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I use this technique on both the back neck and armholes.

Can’t wait to move on to the next project!

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