While everyone else was apparently watching the superbowl, Q was entertaining the girls outside of the house so that I could get some sewing done.
I have about five dresses that are now cut out and at the beginning of assembly and I got to the ties. I absolutely hate turning ties and so do just about anything to avoid that. I thought I would show what I do so that I avoid it.
First I cut the straps as the pattern indicates.
Next I sew the very end up to the straight area.
Then I trim the corners.
I turn that area and bring out the points as best I can.
Then I iron while turning the seam allowances in (in this case 5/8")
Here is the strap ironed out. You get a glimpse of the bodices from the upcoming dresses.
Then I just topstitch the whole thing.
I also do this with double fold bias tape. I did not use bias tape here for two reasons: one - I didn't have the right colors, and two - the straps needed to be the exact width (or really close to it) as the band across the bodice). For the bias tape, I turn it inside out to do the end and sew the angle. Then I flip it back inside and continue as above. I'm not sure my method is really any less work, but it is less of a hassle to me and as I suffer some from arthritis, this is a lot easier on my fingers and hands.