I’m making a jersey top and it calls for vilene bias tape/stay tape in the shoulder seams, around the armholes, back neck edge and on the fold of the front facing edges. I know it’s to prevent these areas stretching out of shape but I can’t work out whether the tape needs to have some stretch to it or none at all.
Presumably because it’s called bias tape it is cut on the bias so would have some, but i’ve seen sites which recommend using the selvedge of the fabric you’re making the garment from, but if I use the selvedge of jersey fabric, it will be very stretchy and presumably won’t hold the parts in shape any more than it would if I went without it altogether?
I was thinking I could use ribbon if it’s meant to have no stretch but would that be too bulky? Or is it the same as bias binding tape?
I’ve seen suggestions to use thin fusible interfacing. Presumably if I used that, I would need to cut it on the bias?
I was so hoping to get this top well underway this weekend but looks like I’ll need to be a little more patient and maybe have it done for next week instead :-(
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