Sunday, May 29, 2011

French Flange Seam Finishes

For as many years as I have been making slips I have been using a French Flange seam finish. Until recently though, most people prefer welt cord seam finish. Both are cut on the bias and both, typically, are cut at 2 inches in width, which when finished and sewn in, makes for a half inch flange.
One very special friend happened to walk by while I was making my pattern on her chaise and saw the raw edges before I trimmed for my seam allowance. She absolutely loved the wide width of the edges.

We had already decided that we would use a flange seam finish on the chaise but since she loved the larger width we decided to go with a one inch flange. Here is the result.

Another shot after the piece was moved to different
part of the house.

The moral of the story is this: don't be afraid to try new things. If you have an idea in mind, go ahead and try it. My friend loves her chaise slip. Is it traditional? No. Is it like any you will see out there? No. That is the beauty of custom and that is the beauty of using your imagination to design unique, one of a kind slips!!! If you can think, honestly, you can do it!