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mitering a diagonal

tzipi | Posted in General Sewing Info on


I’m sewing a coat with an attached scarf that has a pointed end. It is unlined so the tip has to be mitered. I managed fien mitering the bottom edges of the coast itself using Sandra betzina’s technique . But i’m at a real quandary about the pointed end of the scarf. Any ideas?

the patteren is Vogue 1129- a coat by Donna karan.

Thanks for any tips



  1. KharminJ | | #1

    Hello, Tzipi!

    That is a beautiful coat ~ but the reviewer at PatternReview.com did express more than a few frustrations. http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/43426You might want to drop Sweetiebop a line (it's free to join that group, too, if you're not already a member) Good luck to you! I've got no advice, except to be patient with yourself - it's probably NOT about YOUR skills!Bright Blessings ~ Kharmin

  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    From the picture it looks like there is quite a large hem on the scarf. Are you sure the directions don't tell you how to handle it? I would expect that you would have to put right sides together and sew to the point leaving the seam unsewn at the raw edge, turn it and press under the raw edge and machine stitch the hem. If there are no directions, I would play with some scraps to try it out.

    1. tzipi | | #3

      sue- they don't tell you how to finish that corner- just a diagram with no explanations.
      I read the review in pattern review too late. I guess it's good this way otherwise I would never have attempted it. I think it will work out well. When I finish, I'll post a picture- Gd willing. I'll take your advice and experiment on some scraps.Thanks

  3. Teaf5 | | #4

    The classic mitering technique used on napkins and table cloths should work on the scarf. Let me take a shot at explaining it:Make an initial fold at the hemline on the point, folding the unfinished point up toward the wrong side of the scarf at right angles. You will now have a flat, angled edge where your finished point will be. Press firmly. Trim the folded point about 1/4" from the fold to remove excess bulk.Now, fold and press the long edges of the scarf (twice, for a finished, rolled hem). The initial fold has already finished the long edges, which will meet on top of the 1/4" first fold. If the angle is not exactly 45 degrees, you might have to fiddle with the second folds to make them meet in the middle, where you can tack them together before topstitching along all the edges, but all the loose edges will be tucked beneath a neat corner.

    1. tzipi | | #5

      Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it. But your last paragraph hits the point. I mitered the corners that were 45 degrees and it came out beautiful. But the corner of the scarf which is more like 20 degress- i tried and tried to figure it out but then I just sort of faked it. It looks ok but it would be nice to understand a real proven technique that works. Again I thank you for your suggestion,Tzipi

      1. Teaf5 | | #6

        On really sharp points, make the initial fold toward the longer edge, and then taper the hem of the shorter edge to zero as you approach the end.  That narrower edge hides under the deeper hem of the long side. Not exactly mitering, but it will reduce bulk and be a neat finish.

        1. tzipi | | #7

          thanks. i'll try it

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