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The Carnaby Cape Tutorial - Day Four

Day 4 - Sewing the bound waist tie openings.

You will need a copy of The Carnaby Cape pattern

Bound openings for the waist tie

I recommend you practice this at least once on some scrap fabric as it is quite tricky.

Fold the 8 welts in half long edges and wrong sides together. Press and stitch close to the raw edges to keep them together.

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Fuse the area you have marked on the wrong side of the fabric.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

With the right side of your fabric facing up pin your welts to the line with the raw edges to the centre. Take your time doing this as it must by EXACT. 

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Stitch 6cm exactly down the centre of each of the welts (1.5cm from each end). Backtack at each end to secure.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong
Cut the fabric between the welts stopping 1.5cm from either end of the stitching. 

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Create a triangle at each end. Do not cut past your stitching points.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Fold the welts through the opening to the wrong side of the fabric and press in place. Using a large diagonal stitch and contrasting thread sew the opening closed to stabilise.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

At the top and bottom fold the main fabric to the side and stitch the triangles down as close as possible catching the welts. Make sure the welts are butted against each other when doing this. The stitches will not show on the right side of your fabric.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Top stitch around your bound opening using a neat straight stitch. Take your time!

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Trim away any excess fabric on the wrong side and hand stitch in place using an overcast stitch or catch stitch.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Remove the stabilising threads.

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Et voilà! You have a beautiful bound opening. 

Carnaby Cape Sewalong

Now all you need to do is 3 more of the same :)

On Monday we will be sewing the shoulder buttonholes by machine or hand. I will be showing you how to do both.

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