Something new to try and I must admit when I first set eyes on the box of Vlieseline tape I knew I had no dressmaking plans at present to give this a go!
Light bulb moment!! Well, who’s to say it’s for dressmaking only? Let’s see if it can be used within the quilting process, thinking cap on and where to use in the grand scheme of quilt making.
As we all know the fabric is cut, cut and then cut some more during the process of patchworking and with all the handling undertaken, it quickly and easily goes out of shape putting all those cutting and measurements out very quickly, especially on cuts along the bias of the fabric. Therefore due to all the cutting of fabric before finishing with it I decided to give this Vlieseline Seam Tape Flexible T15 a go on a patchwork block and see how it withstands all the cutting involved.
Firstly I cut a 5-inch square in halve diagonally and gave one piece a bit of a tug to show just how much the fabric can get out of shape when cut on the bias (click the link for an explanation on bias if not already known).
To make the block I placed two 5” squares right sides together and sewed a ¼” seam around all four side. Cuts will then be made across the two diagonals and the place where the fabric is more liable to stretch during handling
Once stitched I ironed on the tape across the two diagonals on both sides of the block, as both pieces will be cut at the same time, this would ensure that both sides would have stability on the cut edges.
I marked diagonal cutting lines across each of the crossed tape ready for cutting
Both sides of the cut edge are left with a slither of the tape reinforcing it and will end up in the seams when made up.
Following the cutting of the square, I pressed the half square triangles and re-stitched all together in the windmill block, finishing off by squaring up.
Since receiving, pondering and finally using I can see the benefits of this both for the dressmaking and in the patchwork world, especially on pieces of fabric that will be endlessly handled during the making process. I can see it being especially useful on those projects, that with all good intentions having flown-out-the-window are put on hold and into the UFO pile, at least with the added tape all the moving around and half-hearted attempts at finishing will give it some protection from being pulled out of shape!
Although I haven’t used it on dressmaking which is the intended use I’m sure that it will be especially easy to use for the neck and armhole area of a garment.
The 15mm wide tape comes in a box of 100 meters; this may be something that your local haberdashery will have in stock with the option of buying by the length required as opposed to purchasing the whole roll and available in both black and white.
Whilst using I also thought how good this would be for those tiny repairs that crop up every now and then, to be able to iron a very small piece onto the back of a hole prior to carrying out a repair would be another great use. How about for attaching very small pieces of fabric together side by side just to hold in place prior to fmq for applique and postcard making, yes, I think this will be more useful than I first envisaged.
A staple ingredient for my sewing larder the same as salt and pepper for my cooking would be my thoughts now I have used it.
Although this has been made for dressmaking use in that it is a flexible tape and once used the fabric still has a bit of give to it, the amount of give has been reduced enough to alleviate some of the distortions that can happen through handling of cut patchwork pieces.