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« on: July 05, 2006 10:02:07 PM »

Today I started cutting old clothes to make new ones...mostly summery tops. I am trying to come up w/ the most cost effective way to finish the neck and armhole edges w/o having to spend extra cash.
The fabrics that I'm working with are mostly jersey knits (light to medium weight).

The options that I can think of are:
1) make facings from remaining fabric scraps (no problem, I've done this before,and can do it for those things I have enough extra fabric for)
2) buy bias tapes to match (but I'm being "cheap"!)
3) folding over the edges 1/4" and stitching them down (which doesn't sound like a great option when going around curves)

Is there anything else I haven't considered or have I pretty much covered all the bases?
If I had enough "other" fabrics in complimentary fabric colors, I'd make my own bias tape. But I don't. Tongue

I'm converting 1 knit dress into a short nightie, 1 knit top and pants into shorts and a tank top, 1 cotton camp shirt and pants into a camisole and shorts (to be finished w/ bias tape), 1 knit nightshirt into a camisole, and 1 cotton shirtdress got the bodice lopped off a while ago, so the skirt part will get a waistband to make a cute a-line skirt.
I'm having so much fun!!
Anyway, thanks for any help you can provide! I promise to post my first ever pictures when I'm done!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2006 08:28:04 AM »

you know what i'd do?  i'd try each of these techniques--since you have so many projects to work on--and see which ones i like best.

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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2006 05:09:46 PM »

Ha! There ya go! That's not a bad idea!
I was at my parents this afternoon, and got to raid my mom's stash for some bias tape, so at least I get to save some moolah. I AM going to make facings for the tank top, though. I've got plenty of fabric left for that.
OOH boy! It'll be interesting to see how these all turn out!
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