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finishing a double faced garment

thumbsx10 | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hi!
I found a great double faced fabric that was screaming for me to take it home. I had a vision of a jacket for transition weather, but cannot come up with a way to finish the edges to make it reversible other than binding or flat felled seams. It is on the traditional rather than “edgey” side style wise. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    I have used both bindings and flat felled seams on double-faced fabrics. For a binding, ultrasuede is my first pick, it gives the jacket a designer look. I've also used ultrasuede to bind almost everything else you can imagine, from couch cushions to purses.

    If the two sides of your fabric can be separated, it is possible to trim (what would be the) bottom layer before finishing off the flat fell seam.

    Isn't it a good feeling to have inspiration hit you just by seeing the perfect fabric? Love it. Show us your jacket when you are done.

    1. thumbsx10 | | #2

      Thank you for the idea of ultrasuede! Barring any mending crises, I will find some to match and make a sample. I thought of velvet or velveteen, or a bias of the same fabric, but the bias may be too busy. This fabric is what my husband calls "mature". I also thought of fringe, but that doesn't feel right.

      1. starzoe | | #3

        I find ultrasuede at the thrift store, buy it when I see it and add it to my stash. You can get a lot of trim from an out-of-date ultrasuede coat!

        1. thumbsx10 | | #4

          I haven't had much luck with thrift stores, but will try that. I usually wait until I have a 50% off coupon or wait for the sales and remnants, which is where I found this material.

  2. cafms | | #5

    This article in Threads that might be of help if you have it.

    Reversible Techniques for Double Cloth
    By Anna Mazur
    Hide your stitches and allowances between the fabric layers
    March 2006 (Issue # 123)

    This online extra is from the Threads website.                           https://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3688/ralph-ruccis-double-cloth-seams

    1. thumbsx10 | | #6

      Thank you! I looked under double cloth and finishing reversible garments, but no luck.

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