On a whim I decided to add piping to the shoulders of my rain jacket. I found reflective silver piping on eBay that was in Canada so shipping was quick and cheap. Cost around $3 for 2 yards including shipping!
I thought reflective might be good for visibility at night. Also, piping would help define the raglan sleeves.
For sewing the first seam with piping, I sandwiched the piping between the fabric, pinned in the seam allowance (to avoid poking holes in the fabric) and stitched as close to the piping as I could using a zipper foot.
For the next seam, I tried stitching the piping onto the sleeve edge first, then stitched the sleeve to the back pattern piece using the stitching that attached the piping as a guide. This meant sewing the seam twice but it helped me get a lot closer to the piping. Unfortunately, the piping I purchased doesn’t have a 5/8″ seam allowance so I couldn’t just line up the edges. A little tricky but worth the effort, I think.
I topstitched which helps position the piping. And shows it off a little. Doesn’t look too glamourous here but the reflective quality looks better in person.
Any piping tips? Do you use a piping foot?
What I’m listening to: Alone by Heart (we just saw them live. they sound good. my video below)