‘Fraid I need a break, even though I’ve hardly started with the knit-lace vest. I favor two, but none of my bindings make me happy. Binding the edges is going to take a lot of time and even more testing. I’m reluctant to start when I’m not the least bit enthused about possible results.
I did want to thank all those who made suggestions and make a few replies.
I don’t believe a rolled hem, or satin stitch (tight zig-zag) edge finish would work well due to the nature of the fabric. There is no place that I can cut without gaps appearing. It’s just the nature of the lace fabric. Instead of finishing nicely, there would be gaps and even stitches falling apart.
Dying my own fabric for edging is out simply because in recent years I’ve decided I want nothing to do with dyeing. It’s the whole chemical issue I disagree with. I abhor ‘gowning up’ ie. adding personal protective layers like a mask and gloves for my creative work. I know others do it, but I don’t want to and it’s my sewing.
I could however go all Jason Pollack for the project. I love working acrylic paints which need only a drop sheet beneath the work and apron to protect my own clothes. So while I reject dying, I find the suggestion inspiring and may do a bit of painting; and am happy to thank you for the dyeing suggestion. It will take some time and planning. I’ll need to locate a fabric that can be used and time to paint the various layers (and allow them to dry).
But, I think I will be heading for Sioux Falls or Rapid City in the next few months.I’m not happy about the medical necessities. I am happy about destinations which support good quality dressmaking stores.
What it boils down to, is I’ve decided to set this project aside and see if I can find a good binding fabric either pre-printed, dyed or ready to paint.
I’ll let you know when/if I make progress.