Stripe Woes

My plan for the apron dress was to add a couple of horizontal stripes into the weave.  I figured, since I’m weaving this specific to the pattern, why not have some fun with it.  Looking at my mock-up, I’m seeing a flaw in the plan.

By using rectangular construction, my side gores are never going to sit parallel to my front panel.  This means my stripes won’t be straight.  I knew as much, but had hoped it would not be as pronounced.

In the photo below, I’ve tried two different ways to set my gores.  On the left, the bias is sewn to the straight body sides.  On the right, I’ve sewn straight to straight.  The yellow lines give a better outline of the edges.  The red line represents the woven stripe.

Norse Aprondress Hem

Apron dress hem

If I go with the option on the left, I can lengthen my gores and trim to get a straight hem.  If I choose the right, I can to trim off the excess and reinforce the seam to prevent stretching (perhaps with a tablet-woven seam).  The trouble is what to do about my stripes.

So, my options are a rising stripe on the side, a falling stripe on the side (which is straight if you lay the dress out flat), or just doing a stripe on the body and leaving the gores plain.

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  1. Jenniffer

    From a mechanical standpoint: sew straight to straight. If you sew bias to straight, you’ll end up with puckering over time as the bias edge stretches and the straight edge – to which it is sewn – does not.

    This is the mock-up, not the good fabric? Any reason, with the good fabric, that you can’t flip one of the pieces of cloth prior to cutting in order to get all the stripes in the correct direction?

    Looking forward to the finished product!

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