In today’s article, and FREE fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to demonstrate for you, a very easy, very quick technique you can use the next time you want to add structure, stability and support to an armhole area of your sewing project.
When we are working with fashion fabric that has an element of stretch, it is easy for certain areas of a garment (for example the armhole / neckline etc) to lose shape.
Therefore, we must, as fashion sewers, look to support these areas, thus keeping our sewing projects professional looking, and to give them longevity.
How to Stop an Armhole from Stretching
As fashion sewers, we generally stay stitch an area to add support and stability.
Sometimes however, that is not quite enough and our fashion fabric stretches and becomes distorted.
On the armhole of sewing project, the stretch occurs, partly because it is cut within the bias of the fabric. The stretch and miss-shaping also occurs during basic handling of the garment during the construction process.
So what other option can we use?
When stay stitching is not enough and the fabric you are working with is difficult to handle, try using an interfacing to stablise the area quickly.
Stabilising Armholes with Colleen G Lea
The fashion sewing tutorial video below will now demonstrate how to add stability to an armhole using fusible interfacing.
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So I hope now you can see, that with hardly any real effort or time constriction, it is possible to eliminate stretch and stabilise an armhole effectively.
To clarify -
How to Stabilise an Armhole
1 – Cut a strip of fusible interfacing, enough for your specific armhole. The interfacing should be around 2cm’s – 3/4inch wide.
2 – Clip into the interfacing every 2cm’s – 3/4inch along the strip.
3 – Shape the interfacing into position along the armhole and into the seam allowance.
4 – Press into place, using a pressing cloth and steam iron.
I do hope you found this fashion sewing tutorial of use.
If you do have any questions, then please feel free to get in touch.
It’s always a great pleasure to hear from the growing fashion sewing community.
Happy fashion sewing
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