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Shaped Twisted Bias Insertions

In this online extra to the Threads issue 158 article "Garnish with a twist," you will learn a third variation on creating bias-strip insertions. In the article, I explained how to insert bias cut bands into a straight or curved inset on a garment for a stunning embellishment. Here, you'll see how to apply the bias bands to a shaped garment section. To adhere to more dramatic contours, the shaped variation of these twisted bias-band insertions require using bias pieces of varying proportions. 
Start by using the modified pattern, as outlined in the article "
Garnish with a twist" from Threads #158, on newsstands now (or buy online). For this shaped variation, I have again used the example of a skirt with a yoke added.

Following the more pronounced curve of this shaped skirt yoke, the insertion panel (shown left) takes on deeper inside and outside curves.

Draft vertical lines on the insertion panel pattern for the bias band placements. As the bands encounter the panel's curves, they become more wedge-shaped. Each section of this pattern represents a finished bias band. Number the sections on the pattern for future reference. On each band create a lengthwise center fold and position the strips on the insertion panel with the folds facing center front.


Use manila folders to make pattern pieces for the bias bands. Fold the manila folder in half and draw a line 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch from the folded edge. This will compensate for turn of cloth.

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Comments (20)

ZK ZK writes: Mr. King, another gorgeous and versatile technique, well explained. I'm going to use it on a swimsuit. Thanks for inspiring us!
Posted: 11:03 pm on November 15th

MStarr MStarr writes: Really clever technique, beautiful result, and in a favorite fabric of mine! I may just have to incorporate this in a future project.
Posted: 12:07 pm on November 11th

EmSewCrazy EmSewCrazy writes: This is beautiful! I can't wait to try it on something!
Posted: 12:22 pm on November 8th

martyquilter martyquilter writes: Thank you Mr. King, for a great technique. And the instructions are well written and easy to follow.
Posted: 10:01 am on November 8th

VictoriaNorth VictoriaNorth writes: The issue number has been corrected. We get a little ahead of ourselves around here since we are currently working on the next three issues! Thanks for the catch.
Posted: 9:19 am on November 8th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: In answer to the question of length of strips, I find that they work well when they are 3 times, to 4 times longer than the width. So, the wider the strip, the longer they can be.

I showed this on a skirt, but this technique can be used anywhere, as some of the comments here reflect. (I also understand about not wanting to draw attention to my midsection!) We chose a skirt for the model, because it required less construction, and would allow the technique to show well without the distraction of the rest of the garment details. But this technique looks well on a back and front shoulder yoke, or as trim for cuffs, down the center of a sleeve, or at the hem of a garment--quilts, too!

Glad you all are enjoying this!
Posted: 7:45 am on November 8th

rhoni478 rhoni478 writes: Oh Kenneth! Yet another awesome technique. You are the BEST! Thanks, Rhoni
Posted: 12:53 am on November 8th

rhoni478 rhoni478 writes: Oh Kenneth! Yet another awesome technique. You are the BEST! Thanks, Rhoni
Posted: 12:53 am on November 8th

LSRainbunny LSRainbunny writes: This looks like a fun technique for a front or back yoke or down a sleeve, but I personally do want attention drawn to my abdominal area. I agree, too with the comment that it looks good before the twist.
Posted: 10:26 pm on November 7th

kaychan kaychan writes: Looks like a cool neckline treatment to me. Brilliant, as usual Kenneth.
Posted: 8:37 pm on November 7th

vbrock vbrock writes: I really would have liked seeing the finished skirt on a model.
Posted: 8:03 pm on November 7th

KarenGass KarenGass writes: i kind of liked it before the twist! :)But it is a cool technique.
Posted: 7:49 pm on November 7th

LaughinRain LaughinRain writes: I wonder if he has an idea for inserting athese band on a straight piece of fabric. I think it would look great in a strip quilt.

Posted: 7:00 pm on November 7th

DrivesSewMachBest DrivesSewMachBest writes: Wonderful! I can't wait to try this! Love it!
Posted: 6:58 pm on November 7th

Katielynne Katielynne writes: Correction, 1st paragraph, 1st sentence: "159" should be "158". ;o)
Posted: 6:31 pm on November 7th

bubbecraft bubbecraft writes: Ooops. Thank you to author gailete for the suggestion of incorporating into a quilt.

FiberArtiste: to print, go to the top of the article. There is a small inset box with the option to PRINT.
Posted: 6:31 pm on November 7th

DarnYouDarnYoutoHeck DarnYouDarnYoutoHeck writes: Dear Mr. King, I love you.
Posted: 6:25 pm on November 7th

bubbecraft bubbecraft writes: Very interesting. I am especially intrigued by FiberArtiste's suggestion of incorporating into art quilts.

I wish I'd been able to locate the prior 2 articles referenced in this one about other insertion methods.
Posted: 6:22 pm on November 7th

FiberArtiste FiberArtiste writes: I like this very much. Two questions for you: 1) What would the limit be on the length of the bias strips without altering the look/effect? 2) How can I print this supplement, so I can put it in my Threads magazine? THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Posted: 6:03 pm on November 7th

gailete gailete writes: I loved this embellishment when I saw it in the magazine. I think it would look great on cuffs, hemlines, lapels or even as a feature on an art quilt!
Posted: 5:38 pm on November 7th

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