I’m making a pencil skirt out of a polyester gabardine that tends to fray at the edges. The pattern instructions don’t call for me to finish the side seams or the vent and I’m worried about how this will do in the wash. I’m not that easy on my clothes, either.
How should I finish the edges? Or should I just use an overcast stitch for all the seams and leave the edges alone?
I’m having trouble using the overcasting stitch because of tunneling. The fabric is just too flimsy and I don’t want to have to interface the entire side seam, and it still tunnels with the interfacing anyway. It’s not a tension issue and I’m using a brand new size 9 needle. Should I just buy a temporary wash-out fabric stabilizer/stiffener?
The garment will be lined and it has a 5/8" seam allowance.
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Your coat is beautiful. I love your sense of colour!