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« on: December 10, 2007 08:14:31 PM »

Hello!  I would like to make a robe, and while I get the body and the sleeves of it, fine (no patterns, just based off of other clothes that I've made in the past), I'm a little iffy on the collar.  I don't need a shawl collar, but I would like to put something around the neck, both to reinforce the shape, and also to finish the edge (I figure I can fold over a length of fabric, fold in the raw edges, and top stitch it around.  My question is this:  can that piece of fabric be a straight rectangle, the length of my front edges and neck, or does it need to curve?

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2007 09:25:08 PM »

Check out this tutorial for a motorcycle jacket the front is basically the same as a robe, just add a tie instead of a zipper!

« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007 05:07:13 AM »

You'd use bias binding for that - it's a long strip of cloth cut on the bias so you can stretch it round a curved edge.  You could use a straight-grain binding and make mitres at the corners if your pattern is just straight lines, but if the edges curve at all you'll need bias.  Commercial binding is sometimes a bit narrow - if you'd prefer a wider binding (or one in the same cloth as the body) you'd need to cut your own.

Alternatively, you could make a facing: cut pieces that match the shape of the edges you want to finish (uh, you cut something the same shape as the first inch or two of the panel, but the mirror image), seam them in place, then fold them back and hem them neatly to the main panel.  If you use a contrasting cloth and hem or topstitch neatly, you can put the facing on the outside as a style-detail, but it'd be more normal to hide the facing on the inside.

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