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Hi! I am sewing a shirt from a burda pattern in which the sleeves
and neck are finished with a bias strio.
The bias is decorative and seen from the right
side. It says to cut the bias 4 cm wide and in the
end only 0.7 cm will be showing. If I fold the bias
once and then fold the seams under I get
1 cm showing!
How do I get only .7??
Thank you


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    Nov 8, 2012, 02.33 AMby tailorstack

    Your measurements work out for the 1cm bind width. Only I can think is if they are suggesting to make it sit more to the inside so the underside definitely gets caught when sewing from the top side. Or it could be a typo. :)

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    Nov 8, 2012, 06.38 PMby wzrdreams

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the numbers. Burdastyle patterns are known to have crazy math. Just trust your instincts and math skills and get the size binding YOU want.

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      Nov 16, 2012, 04.53 AMby Shuna

      I thought as bring german, that they would be
      very very exact, but I will just ignore it and get
      on with finishing the shirt! Thanks

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    Nov 8, 2012, 09.07 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    A bit bonkers I agree. Bend allowance perhaps? If you look at the Colette patterns blog they have a tutorial on how to attach bias binding.

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      Nov 16, 2012, 04.51 AMby Shuna

      Thanks- I will have a look there!

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    Nov 11, 2012, 09.59 AMby katexxxxxx

    You need to allow for ‘turn of cloth’ – the amount extra needed to wrap the binding or whatever round another thing. Think of rolls of cloth: the more you wrap round the core tube, the bigger they get!

    We also allow for it on collars (which is why a GOOD collar is cut with a separate top and bottom for the fall, and the top surface is larger than the under collar!), corsets, and other layered constructions.

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    Nov 12, 2012, 03.45 AMby tothepointe

    Fold in half then minus seam allowance/turn under = 0.7 I assume.

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      Nov 16, 2012, 04.50 AMby Shuna

      Yes, I thought that be what they meant though
      I don’t usually do it that way!

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    Feb 16, 2014, 06.56 AMby motera

    The seam allowance is the standard 1.3 mm. 4 cm folded into 2 cm double strip, sew to garment in 1.3 cm seam, the binding will then be .7 cm

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