In our first post, we showed you how to construct the lined yoke. Now for the next step!
Part 2: Making and Applying the Neckline Binding.
As mentioned in the first post, you will need 7 - 8 lengths of the 1.5" wide bias at the length of the template from the pattern. If you can cut your bias in longer continuous strips, this is preferable, with less likelihood of a join ending up in a really visible spot.
The voile seemed a bit soft and fine on its own for the neckline binding, so I backed it with fine woven cotton fusible interfacing. The interfacing was also cut on the bias to help it curve around the neckline. You'll need a length equivalent to 3 pieces (joined) of the template bias for the neckline.
The pattern provides a template for a cardboard bias tape folder, which is charming (especially when labelled 'machine a biais', oh French language!). Slightly less charming but probably easier is the Clover bias tape maker - the red one is the correct size.
Want to know more about bias tape making and applications? This is a great resource.
Open one edge of your folded bias and pin it right side facing yoke lining. Start with the end of the bias overlapping the neckline's centre back by half an inch or so, and the open edge of the bias aligned with the neckline edge.
Next and final post will be attaching bodice front and back and finishing your Datura.
See first post here.
- Jane & Fiona xx