Create Your Own Piping! We show you how to add it to Lily!

Posted by Natasha Chrismas on

Hello! It's Hanny from icutie.

Have you seen the new Lily dress on the Peony Patterns' website? It's such a lovely pattern with many options to choose from. This is my version of a simple Lily dress, with a touch of piping for contrast.

PS: Inseam pockets are a big hit with my daughter at the moment. I have been adding them to all her dresses. You can find the FREE pattern here.

A:  Making Your Own Piping

  1. You will need:

    • Fabric of your choice - 1 3/4 inches x 10 inches long or however long your project requires.
    • Piping Cord
    • Zipper Foot (Optional)

Fold the strip of fabric in half wrong sides together and press. Sandwich the piping cord into the folded edge, leave a little tail at the end. Use a pin to keep the layers together.


Take it to the sewing machine, set your stitch length to 3.5 - 4.  I find it is easier to use a zipper foot for this step so you can get the stitches up nice and close to the cord. Baste it in place. Sew slowly, as close as the piping cord as you can, but not through it.

Look at that! You have created your very own piping! It is that easy!

You can make your own piping in any colour, any fabric now.

B - Adding Piping to a simply version of the Lily Dress

  1. Use the front and back bodice lining pattern pieces to cut out 2 main and 2 lining. Sew the front and back bodice together at the shoulder seams and repeat for the lining.

  2. Place the main bodice and the lining right side together, making sure to match the shoulder seams. Sew the neckline, and 2 arm holes then trim your seam allowance by 1/4 inch.

  1. Turn your bodice inside out, press well.

  1. Open up your front bodice lining.

  1. Lay the back bodice on top of the front bodice, right sides together.

  1. Open up the back bodice lining, lay it on top of the front bodice lining, sew in place.

Repeat on the other side.

  1. Press the seams open.

  1. Your bodice should look like this.

  1. I'll be enclosing the waist seam so let's create the 1/2 fold on the bodice lining.

Set your machine to the longest stitch length, sew a line 1/2 inch from the bottom edge of the bodice lining. Fold it toward the wrong side, press well then remove the stitching.

  1. Adding the Piping to the Bodice

Match the piping's raw edge to the edge of the main bodice, baste in place using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

  1. Follow the instructions in the Lily's dress pattern to prepare your skirt.

  2. Place the bodice inside the skirt, right sides together. Pin at the side seams, mid point and the back, leaving 1/2 inch at both ends of the back bodice. Make sure to keep the bodice lining out of the way. You'll only be sewing the main bodice to the skirt.

  1. Sew the skirt to the bodice slowly, the piping will be sandwiched in between. Keep checking that the 2 raw edges match for even piping. Its possible to use a zipper foot for this step so that the needle can butt right up against the piping. Turn right side out, press well.

  1. Open up the back bodice lining, pull it back toward the main back bodice. Do not open up the 1/2 inch fold, stitch in place.

*The lining isn't suppose to cover the piping.

  1. Turn the bodice right side out, press well. If you would like to read our blog on how to create sharp corners, click here! 

  1. Turn the dress inside out. Pin the lining to the main.

I use a washable glue call Sewline to hold the lining in place so it doesn't move around. It's pretty handy and doesn't stick to the needle. Sewing pins are good too, just take it slow, and don't sew over the pins.

  1. Turn the dress right side out. Top stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Follow the Lily dress pattern's instructions to add buttons.

And you're finished.


Happy sewing





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