Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday Mini Tutorial-simple piping and basic neck shapes

Asalamu alaikum,

InshAllah I will be posting mini tutorials for neck embellishments and designs, as well as different sleeve options and other little tidbits. I will try to publish something every other Wednesday, InshAllah. First up for a mini tutorial is one of the simplest ways to embellish your kameez, Piping, and some simple neck shapes.

You will need to follow from step one to step eleven(but make only one line of stitches after folding over the neck facing) of the simple kameez tutorial.

After you have completed the steps your kameez front is now ready to apply the piping.
Step 1

You will need to buy or make bias tape. I usually don't buy it but use left over bits from the shalwar for contrast. I found this tutorial (posted by a Raveler in the sew obsessed group on Ravelry), to be very helpful when learning how to make the bias tape. Your finished bias tape should be a half inch wide, though you can make it wider if you like.

Step 2

Line up the bias tape at the very edge of your neck line and sew around the neck.

Step 3

Fold the bias tape to the wrong side of your fabric.

Step 3

On the right side of your kameez, sew a line of stitching on the very edge of the kameez right next to the bias tape but not on it. Make sure that you are sewing through the bias tape on the wrong side also.

Your finished piping should look somewhat like this.

Here is a back view, and a close up.
If you have used the half inch bias tape you will only need to sew the one line, but if you have used a wider tape you may need to sew a second line of stitches about a quarter to a half inch away from the first line.

Also here is a diagram of some very basic neck shapes to use on your kameez.
You would follow all the same steps in the Simple kameez tutorial posted above. In step six simply draw half the desired shape on your interfacing and then cut. If you choose a neck that is not symmetrical(like the pink one above) then you would not fold your interfacing in half but simply draw the full shape.


leen said...

very helpful tutorial. i would like u to post some more for us, like a-line shirt and panels frock that would be very kind of u.

Renea said...

Thank you, this was very useful.

Renea said...

Thank you, this was very useful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I want to know whether we have to take a pleat in sharp edges in piping

Anonymous said...

Salam,I appreciate ur effort ,can u tell something about thin piping? that neat thin piping that tailors do looks so nice,I have tried but.. and can u please tell about making mandarin or ban collar? thanks in advance.jazakAllah

Aishah said...

Wa alaikum asalam, the thin piping just takes a lot of practice. The more I sew the better my piping gets, before it was very wide and sometimes crooked, now it is much thinner and neat looking. InshAllah I will one day post a collar tutorial, but have been in a bit of a rut lately.

Unknown said...

Assalamualaikum. You have done such good work and presented it so well that i am wondering why sewing never drew me to it like now! Thanks so much. The joy of sewing - am just beginning to understand it! May you remain a source of inspiration for many more creative minds.

Maham said...

Could you post a tutorial for making a ban-shaped neckline? Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum, I live in Karachi and was wondering where abouts in Karachi your from.. Your sewing blog is amazing!!!

Aishah said...

Wa alaikum asalam anonymous,
I live pretty close to the airport. Thanks for the compliment, it really helps motivate me to keep posting.