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Rope (-like) Piping by Roberta Carr

WandaJ | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am looking to make a jacket and I would like to add Rope (-like) piping from the jacket fabric instead of using a contrasting fabric.

Roberta Carr has a section in her book, The Art of Fine Sewing that describes this technique. I do not have access to my book by her. Is there anyone that can tell me how this is done? It is a ‘thick’ piping with no added filler, only the fabric is used.

Thanks for the responses.



  1. suesew | | #1

    Wanda, I just looked through the book and the chapter on piping and I don't see what you are asking for. She is using filler for the piping she shows there. I have seen others use just a folded fabric that works as a kind of flat piping that is very striking in the right application. Sue

    1. WandaJ | | #2

      Thanks Sue for taking the time to look for the information I asked about. I 'believe' I used that book to make this type of piping years ago for a dress neckline and an accompanying jacket's edges. Perhaps I need to take it loose in an inconspicuous spot to see how I made it.

      In the interim...you wrote, "I have seen others use just a folded fabric that works as a kind of flat piping that is very striking in the right application."

      Can you tell me more about this process?


      1. suesew | | #3

        It is the same idea as piping without the filler. Say you cut a two inch strip of fabric, fold it in half - now you have a one inch piece with one folded edge, press it flat and insert into a seam. If you use a 5/8 seam you will have a flat 3/8 piping showing. Something like this could be inserted in a pant side seam or in between gores of a skirt - or use your imagination. It could be made really tiny or really large.

        1. WandaJ | | #4

          Thank you for providing the information I was looking for. I took a quick look at the garment (dress and jacket) that I used this technique on and decided that I still would take it loose to see what I did. I also now think that I'd like to practice your technique before doing so in order to see if it will do what I have in mind, which is to have the edge on it that fits into a seam and still have the rope-like bulk. As you can interpret I'm not much of an abstract person, I have to do it to get it!

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