Sewing a Cowl Blouse



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.

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.

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.

This is how it looks on the finished garment.

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.

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.

The finished edge should look like this.

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

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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