Finishing Touch Done

It’s done! It’s done! Its done! I am ready to attach binding to everything that won’t complain or run away. Eventually all of my husband’s shirts will feature beautiful necklines, because I’ve a new found love for adding trim. And best of all, there is an easy way to do it.

But, if you have no intention of adding trim to anything anytime soon, jump to the last paragraph and have a great weekend.
Adding trim has always been my most dreaded task. I’m no master stitcher. My stitches often behave like toddlers when I don’t pay attention. They would rummage in the neighbor’s garden, if I take my eyes off them for even a second. See a nice example below right.

The image on the left shows my new back-side with less wandering stitches (but using the same amount of attention). So how did I do it?
Here is my easy addition to Chanin‘s marvelous instructions: In her book the binding strip is folded in the middle, then ironed and attached. Mine has an added 1/4″ of width on the back: Add it to the binding, fold and iron it like the image below.

Position the wider side to the back so that all the stitches will land properly.

It makes attaching trim so much easier and and more pleasurable. If you don’t have enough time to sew one of Chanin’s incredible dresses, it’s an easy way to add that little something special to an existing or thrifted t-shirt or blouse.

It’s almost like wearing a necklace.

On another note, I went to see “The Artist” yesterday and was very disappointed. I was prepared to like it; because, what’s not to like about a black and white silent film with great acting, artfully done. But I didn’t like it, not even a bit. That makes me one of the 3 people in the world who didn’t. Have you seen it? What do you think?

Any film you’ve seen recently, that is a must-see?

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  1. Lucy says:

    The neckline trim is just beautiful (I have to buy the book, as soon as it is available in Germany). Haven’t seen “The Artist” yet, but now I’m at least prepared not to like it, maybe…
    Have a nice weekend! Lucy

  2. Katie says:

    That neckline looks lovely! I saw the post yesterday about the stitch pattern and wondered what it was going to bind. The result is wonderful! I am always so inspired to sew after seeing one of your projects!

  3. frifris says:

    Very pretty!

  4. Trueblue says:

    First of all I love this idea for stretched out collars or collars that have seen better days. I like how this technique/addition makes the shirt look like it’s from a small expensive boutique. Second, I rented and watched The Tree of Life and was prepared to HATE it. But I loved it! It somehow stays with you long after you watch it. The movie unfolds the way our memories of childhood are actually remembered – in bits and pieces. The musical score was beautiful.

  5. chanelke says:

    the result is spectacular…I like the idea of giving a new life to a t-shirt, simply adding an embroided stitched strip.I haven’t seen ” the Artist” yet and I don’t think I’ll see it despite the incredible success for this movie.

  6. Looks trerrific! A quilter’s secret for binding is to add seam allowances, fold the binding over, then stitch it on the front side. The back side won’t have a raw edge to become troublesome. Hope that makes sense.
    I received my copy of “Cut-Up Couture”. I am still trying to find that one good idea. Not quite my style, but it would be fun for a group of teenage girls. Maybe I will see if my granddaughter, who just turned 13, is interested in making one of the projects.

  7. monika says:

    Now I can improve on all those round neck tee-shirts that feel to constricting around the neck without bringing back the flashdance clothing look of raw edges… Being in Canada, the book wasn’t available yet through the most popular mail order book service (grin), but it was available through bookdepository (dot) com , so I’ve got it in my hands. I’ve looked through it and have flagged a few things I’ll have to do. (BTW, the bookdepository is also super um deutsche Bücher zu bestellen – die haben zwar nicht alles, aber es gibt keine Versandskosten nach Kanada und die Bücher kosten etwa gleichviel wie bei amazon).

    I loved The Artist – mainly because as being seriously hearing impaired and currently studying speech reading it was a lot of fun. There were aspects that I didn’t like, but the movie was more original than much that I have seen lately. Somewhat predictable though.

  8. Suschna says:

    Ja, wie ein Necklace – das gefällt mir auch sehr sehr gut.

    In den Film gehe ich auf keinen Fall, irgendwie wusste ich von Angang an, dass er nichts für mich ist. Alles zu künstlich vielleicht – obwohl ich nur Ausschnitte gesehen habe. Das ganze Lob hatte mich überrascht, aber nicht von dem Gefühl abbringen können, das mir die Zeit dafür zu schade wäre.

  9. Maria says:

    Kathrin, the collar looks beautiful! I would like to apologize for not being able to participate last month. Too many things happening at once, made me unable to share and post. But hopefully for March, I’ll be able to get it done.

    And no, I have not seen The Artist, so I can not tell you if I would like it or not. When I saw the original silent films, I wasn’t to keen on them either.

    Be blessed,


  10. nice job! I tried that stitch and it was so hard for me, I just couldn’t get it down. I think you’ve inspired me to give it another try ;)

  11. kathrin says:

    Hi Maria,
    no need to apologize at all. This should be fun, not adding to stress. Hope you’re feeling better now.
    Best, Kathrin

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