Well, I promised I would share some bits from my new needlework books with you so here we go. I have chosen to begin with a little refresher on bias binding, because it seems that I am sorely in need of it. Now I have made my own bias binding on, maybe not hundreds of occasions, but certainly many times before with no problem, but for some reason the sewing gods have not been with me this week. My first go at it I had to rip out twice before I even got to the ironing board and then when it came to actually fitting it round the neckline . . . rats! too narrow to cover the stay stitching! I decided to have another go by increasing my tape by 1/4" and this time I had to unpick it a staggering five times before I managed to get all the seams on the same side!!! So, for those of you making your own bias tape, I give you the following with my best wishes for an easier time of it than I've had.
(In case you were curious, here's the finished top. It's the Colette Laurel top and really should not have been as much of a struggle to make as it was. I even managed to break the sewing machine whilst hemming it - as I say, the sewing gods were not with me on this one.)