After looking through my ever-growing pattern collection, I thought the best fit for the fabric was the Portrait Blouse from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I thought I could squeeze it out of 1 yard of my narrow rayon and those cute little cap sleeves would shield my shoulders from the sun.
|First rendition, Size 6|
|Most recent rendition, Size 4|
So here is my question: for my first version I bound the neck with bias tape.
|Bias bound neckline|
|Neckline with facings|
Don't get me wrong! I have learned from reading the excellent information available on all of your blogs that your iron is your best friend while sewing. I am diligent about pressing seams and darts, even hems. I've even begun pressing my fabric before cutting out my pattern (wimped out on that one for years.) But once that garment is finished, it will probably never see the iron again in my house. It's sink or swim for my wardrobe. I take each item out of the dryer, give it one of those flick-of-the-wrist shakes and hang it up. Any little wrinkles that don't hang out are there for the duration.
This is what the faced neckline looked like directly after my usual shake-and-hang treatment:
|Oh the horror... Maybe rayon isn't the best fabric for a lazy laundress like me|
The bias-tape neckline comes out of the dryer looking fairly sweet, but not what I'd call crisp. And the fabric is already beginning to fray a bit where I trimmed the edges of the bias tape seams. Maybe I trimmed them too aggressively?
Do you prefer bias tape or facings for your necklines? And if you use both methods, how do you decide which one will work best for a particular garment?
My full review is on PatternReview.com here.