THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

July 14, 2006

Not So Raw Edge

Filed under: Couture Techniques,Tutorials — georgene @ 5:11 pm

I love the look of a single layer of tulle for an edge. It can be used on cami necklines, cuffs, cardigans, hems. I thought I would share my process on a recent test strip for a tank top I’m making.

I sandwiched the 1″ tulle strip between the fabric face and a silk chiffon bias folded in half.

Next trim away the seam allowance for a low bulk finish.

Press the silk chiffon bias down towards the wrong side of the fabric, leaving the tulle band flat against the ironing board.

Topstitch the binding to the inside at 1/4″ from the seam. Such a sweet and neat finish.

Perhaps I can incorporate it into my lingerie dream projects, since I recently received my vintage 1970’s copy of the “Kwik-Sew Method for Sewing Lingerie” from Amazon.


  1. Oh I agree, this finish is sweet. Thanks for igniting the dreams

    Comment by Mary Beth — July 14, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  2. Sleek and beautiful – I’ll have to give this a try!

    Comment by Phyllis — July 15, 2006 @ 5:33 am

  3. Nice detail to use flesh tone chiffon for the binding! It’s little details like that which make the garment truly couture.

    Comment by kayy — July 15, 2006 @ 8:01 am

  4. What a nice detail! Great idea.

    Comment by Karla — July 15, 2006 @ 8:21 am

  5. What a beautiful finish! So sweet, so sexy! Finally, an interesting use for that bit of English netting in the stash.

    Comment by Gigi — July 15, 2006 @ 10:05 am

  6. What a neat and couture technique,thanks Georgene.

    Comment by Els — July 15, 2006 @ 11:35 am

  7. How delicate and lovely! Thank you for posting this.

    Comment by SBanks — July 15, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

  8. What’s your tulle made of, Georgene? I would think it might be scratchy at my neck, but a wonderful idea everywhere else.

    Comment by Nina — July 18, 2006 @ 9:02 am

  9. Nina, in fact this tulle was a strip I cut off the selvedge of a soft nylon lace, not scratchy in the least. The best part is that it matches the lace skirt perfectly!
    There are a lot of different qualities out there – not just the stiff nylon you must be thinking of. Think stretch mesh(fairly easy to find), or cotton tulle (easy to dye) or even silk tulle. P.S. you could use this finish to apply strips of raw edge bias in any fabric, not just tulle.

    Comment by Georgene — July 19, 2006 @ 9:07 am

  10. Great idea. This could be a good use for some of the yards of tulle I have left from when I tried, but wasn’t able, to make my daughter-in-laws wedding veil.

    Comment by OP Gal — July 19, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

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