Bias binding an inside corner!

I was making a blue lace dress for a wedding. The wedding would be on July 4th, so the theme was red, white, and blue. I drafted patterns for a sleeveless top with square neck line and a pencil skirt, and married the two patterns into a sheath dress.

I backed the lace with a “blush” (dark nude) stretch silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics:
blue lace bodice underlined with stretch silk charmeuse

The charmeuse is somewhat heavy, and since the wedding will be outdoors in Southern California, I did not want the additional layer of the lining. So I opted to bind the edges of the bodice with bias binding. I made bias binding from a blue polyester lining material as I didn’t like how heavy weight of the cotton bias binding available in stores. And thus my adventure begun of applying bias binding to inside corners!

As it turned out, the process is pretty much the same as for applying binding to an outside corner. There are many Web pages detailing how to apply bias binding to quilt edges, which of course mean applying binding to an outside corner. It’s a little difficult translating those steps to apply to an inside corner, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy. The Big Idea, as it turned out, is to match up the binding’s raw edges with the garment’s raw edges in every step.

The first step: marking.
inside corner of front neck line

Then after stitching, when I folded the binding, I folded it such that when I folded it back on itself in the next step, its raw edge will match up with the garment’s raw edge:
bias binding stitched and folded back bias binding folded again

I stitched all corners before clipping and turning them. Here, the armscye:
bias binding, stitched and ready to be turned corner clipped and ready to be turned

All in all, it was not too bad a process. Though, next time, if at all possible, I’d opt for facing and lining instead of bias binding! Stay tuned for a future post on the completed dress!