I know the back of the Bladvass Dress will be open. The dress needs something to hold up the front of the bodice, this time I’m opting for a rouleau treatment. Like this, but… well… not like this:
I like this method because it’s simple and I don’t need any special tools- just my sewing machine. Rouleau ties are useful for drawstrings, ties, belt loops, embellishments, it’s up to your imagination. Colette featured a Rouleau Pocket Tutorial recently- maybe I’ll try that, too.
Cut or tear fabric into 1″ strips, or to desired width. For light-medium cottons, I find 1″ is a good minimum width. This method is not suitable for heavy fabrics. Ties may be either on the straight of grain (for strength) or bias (for smooth curves). Mine are straight.
This is the part that’s hard to understand with your brain, easier to understand with your fingertips. My right hand is not very important here. It’s an anchor, holding the threads. I am not pulling with my right hand. Good. The left fingers slowly roll the tube of fabric back and forth, gently pulling away from my body.
The pads of my fingertips grip the outer layer of fabric, which allows the tiny tube to turn on itself. If I use a death grip, the tie won’t turn. Once you get it started, it usually comes along well. Avoid bunching the fabric at one end. If that happens, smooth it out and start again. If I can’t get it to turn, I use long tweezers or a bodkin or a knitting needle to poke it through the first inch.
Pinned to my mini-corkboard, so I know where to find them.