Sewing A Themed Wardrobe: 1920s Fashion Part 3

Hi Everyone! Welcome back! Now that the embroidery is finished, in Part Three Shari is taking us one step further as we begin to sew the Mary Brooks dress together. This dress design includes beautiful ribbon piping detail which may seem a bit daunting to insert precisely and evenly. Follow along to see Shari's tips for success!

In this video, I have begun piecing my 1920s Mary Brooks dress together. The next step is for me to add the ribbon piping to the sleeves and bodice and I am going to demonstrate how to apply it to a straight edge and inside corner to get a nice even reveal. Once the piping is applied, I am also going to show you how to inset the bodice sections into the decorative panel.

For the ribbon piping, you will need:

  • Two 5 1/2” lengths of 3/8” wide ribbon for the sleeves
  • Two 6” lengths of 3/8” wide ribbon for the vertical edges of the panel
  • Two 7 3/4” lengths of 3/8” wide ribbon for the upper horizontal edges of the panel
  • One 16 1/2” length of 3/8” wide ribbon for the bottom edge of the panel

Be sure to cut the ribbon as specified as the lengths are integral to the pattern.

The simple little detail of this ribbon piping will beautifully frame the embroidery on decorative panel. Let's get started so you can see it for yourself!

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