[Oops! I hit publish on this post before I finished writing it! Hopefully those of you who read this post early enjoyed my slew of photos with no explanations. 🙂 ]
Work on my floral Robson trench continues! I’m happy to report that I seem to have found some motivation to actually work on this project now that (a) the epic cutting part is complete, and (b) the cool fall weather is arriving. Today’s installment: bias binding. One of the defining features of my trench (aside from the beautiful floral fabric, of course!) will be black bias binding that will boldly outline various parts of the coat, including the collar and lapels.
This past weekend I started binding a few of the small pieces: the pocket welts and shoulder epaulettes. It was… time consuming. Of course. This is me we’re talking about, after all. 🙂 I’ve been mitering the corners, which is both extremely fiddly and extremely satisfying. I bound a total of 4 pieces, and each took about 45 minutes! But, I really like the finished effect, and I think it will give the trench a unique touch.
I took a few in-progress photos of my ad-hoc (aka totally made-up) binding technique. I’m using what is essentially double-fold bias tape that I cut from a black cotton/linen blend, and I’ve folded over the 5/8″ seam allowance on the part that gets folded over to the back. The rest of the folds get made during application. If you have any advice on how to apply the tape and miter the corners better than what I’m doing here, I’m all ears!