The Whitney dress and top that was released this week features a very unique scalloped trim around the neckline. This is the eye-catching feature of the garment and what makes the pattern stand out from other wrap dress and top patterns as well! Stitching the scallops is certainly the most time consuming and challenging part of the entire project. Not that it’s hard! Don’t get us wrong! It just needs a bit more time and attention so that the scallops look as good as they can be.
The pattern comes with 2 pieces for the scalloped trim: one is for the actual pattern piece and the other is a template, that will help you draw the shapes accurately onto your fabric. However, there is also an easier way to do this and Bernice, who was one of our amazing testers, is going to show you how.
Cut the Scalloped Binding pattern piece straight across the top with a seam allowance of your choice.
Cut out two pieces of the scalloped binding pattern piece.
Interface one scalloped binding piece. Careful! We are using stretch interfacing.
Use the scalloped binding drawing template piece to mark the scallops on the interfaced fabric. I used a Sharpie but it bled a bit onto the right side. I used Frixion pens but the ink is very faint when drawing on interfacing.
Another view of the drawn-on scallops.
Sew your scallops following the instructions. Sew slowly.
As you can see, my sewn scallops aren’t identical or perfect. It’s okay, you can adjust the scallops a bit when pressing. The Frixion pen ink disappears when ironed.
Trim very close to the scallops. I like to use my pinking shears. I then go back in with my regular scissors and cut to the stitching between each scallop.
Turn the scallops to the right side. I use the back side of my bamboo point turner to push each scallop out and try to get them into a rounded shape.
These scallops are the ones I marked with orange sharpie. Thankfully the orange isn’t visible from the right side.
You can continue to fuss and press each scallop to make them identical as much as possible. I’m calling this done.
And this is it! A clever way to create the scalloped trim by cutting out a rectangle first and then stitching and cutting out the scallops. Hope you found it useful!