Shirring and Binding an edge

Shirring is produced with several rows of gatherings. It may be decorated with a mocking or other embroidery patterns.
There are different steps to take while trying to bind an edge - this is a sort of recommendation for those who want to start up a tailoring activity or others that are already tailors but most especially for housewives tailoring jobs.

Procedures for binding an edge in a garment:
1. Choose a suitable size binding or crossway strip for the garment. For instance:
- a strip of narrow width for a small garment.
- a wider strip for a fabric that frays.

2. Cut and join bias or crossway strip of the required length and width. Make the strips twice the required finished width with seam allowance.

3. Press turning both sides of the entire length of the strip to the wrong sides.

4. Place the raw edge of the bias to the raw edge of the garment with the right sides facing. Leave about 5cm free at each end for neatening.

5. Baste along the seam line. The. Machine stitch or backstitch. Remove basting.

6. Turn the bias over to the wrong side of the garment with edge of the strip turned under.

7. Baste the folded bias edge to the garment and slip-stitch. Pick up machine stitches, or backstitches instead of the fabric. Stitches should not be visible on the right side.

8. Press the binding.

In drafting basic skirt block the required measurements to take are:
- Hip
- Waist and
- Length ( which is waist to hem)
Hip measurement is needed for purchasing commercial skirt patterns.

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