How to sew a mitred v-neck with bias facing & an easier bias facing method

I better start this post with a disclaimer that this is no way a polished full tutorial. These instructions began as an add-on to my review of the In the Folds Peplum Top, demonstrating how I achieved a mitred v-neck using a bias facing that was not cut to pattern dimensions (ie, just one long strip). But as the review ended up being so long, I separated it into two posts, to save endless scrolling and allow easier access if you want to use this technique on another project.

If you want to know why I think it’s a good idea to cut your own strips of bias tape and apply them as you sew, check out my review. If you want to know how to do it, keep reading!

 

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In the Folds Peplum Top

I’m sure you’ve heard of this pattern already – it’s been immensely popular in the online sewing community and it seems I can’t scroll my Instagram feed without seeing another version pop up! The pattern in question, of course, is the In the Folds Peplum Top, a free download from Peppermint Magazine.

In the Folds Peplum Top
Hells yes, I wore heels for these photos. Hells yes, I paid for it afterwards. Django & Juliette patent leather heels, from op shop (as are my coated jeans and belt).

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Gender roles in the crafting community

Have you heard of Sew Queer? Started by Shannon of Rare Device, Sew Queer is “a series exploring the intersections of sewing and queer identity”. Participants share posts using the hashtag #sewqueer, curated by the account @sewqueer on Instagram. Check it out if you haven’t already – I’ll wait! *Twiddles thumbs, looks up trinkets I don’t need on eBay*

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Ottobre 5/2015 #11 – Pencil shape printed pants

Does anyone have trouble keeping up with sewing challenges? Or sharing them, rather. I made these pants way back in November 2017 for The Monthly Stitch’s pants month, but haven’t been able to photograph them until now. The pattern is pencil shape printed pants, #11 in Ottobre Woman Autumn/Winter 5/2015.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears sunnies, a white tee and tropical print slim fit pants.
If I can’t wear them out and about, at least I can wear my Lottas for blog photos. That way, when I inevitably monetise my blog, I can claim them on tax.

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How I spent my birthday

Warning: contains GIFs.

This isn’t the most fun birthday story, nor the happiest, but I believe it’s important to be honest about my symptoms to promote understanding of life with chronic illness. It doesn’t take a break when it’s your birthday! (Though I wish it did.) And if it helps others who share the same experiences, even better.

 

It’s lunchtime, and mum and I are preparing toasties. Suddenly, a wave of exhaustion washes over me, and I head back to my room for a quick rest before the exertion of sitting upright at the kitchen table. I’m nearly at my chair when – THUD. I hit the floor.

Hans Moleman: down I go.
I’m pretty sure this is the most-used GIF on this blog, but it’s just so damn accurate.

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Named Inari Woven Tee

I’m back with my first pattern review of the year! It almost seems redundant seeing how many times this pattern has already been reviewed: the Named Inari. I’d already made the dress version and loved it, so when I had some leftover rayon from another project, I decided to sew the tee variation.

Woman stands in garden. She wears crane print pink woven tee, black coated skinny jeans, round tortoiseshell sunnies and tan clogs.

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A health update, and happy miserable New Year

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A beach scene.
Stingray Bay from Pickering Point, taken by my father on one of our now-rare afternoon drives.

Something that never fails to surprise me about living with chronic illness is just how precarious your existence is. One day, you can be feeling as though you are making progress with your health, or have at least stabilised, and the next, you find you’ve slid back into a particularly nasty and unique form of incapacitation.

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