We aren't really sure if this is a cape, a wrap, a poncho, or a big oversized shawl, but any way you describe it, there needed to be an interesting way to finish off the yards of outer edges.
The idea of something unconstructed struck our fancy while we searched for an interesting outerwear garment to utilize one of our absolute favorite trims: the much appreciated fold-over trim. After stumbling upon a McCall's pattern (M7202) and a compelling plaid wool blend, we concluded this to be the perfect trifecta. Oftentimes, the edges on weightier fabrics have a tendency to become bulky and cumbersome when hemming or folding edges to finish. The fold-over trim finish eliminates this problem. Simply stitch the edging onto the right side of the garment, fold it over, and stitch the under side down. Being lovers of handwork, we chose this technique to finish the borders of this project. If the thought of handwork makes you twitch, sewing it on by machine works just as well. (If you are all about the details, the edges of the fashion fabric and lining fabric were straight-stitched together 3/8" from the cut edge with a 3 or 3.5 length stitch before stitching on the fold-over. This was done to help alleviate slippage while stitching on the trim.)
A bit of open weave runs right down the middle of the trim, where it naturally folds in half. Bells went off! We decided to pick up colors from the outer fabric and add a simple running stitch along this line. Twice. With two different shades. Using embroidery floss and a not-so-sharp embroidery needle. Whether it is for form or function, for creating a nice contrast or to make your life a bit less complicated, this easy-to-achieve polished look will be a success. It really is fold-over trim for the win!
Trims #T5103, #T5104, #T5105, #T5106
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