So, after wearing the Jester blouse for a day and mulling it over for days in my head, I decided I really wanted to do that neckline differently. Y’know, like Burda had suggested in the first place. *hand-forehead* So I unpicked the long ties from the front pieces, all the way back to the front sleeve seam and added a 1/4″ narrow bias binding.
I hand stitched it to the neckline with as tiny stitches as I could manage, but of course, everything shows up on this silk charmeuse.
I machine stitched the opening in the ties closed, catching the end of the bound neckline so that it would be secure. Although Burda doesn’t suggest it, I added a thread eye and a hook to the upper edge of the binding to keep it closed perfectly.
I used burgundy thread for the eye, and orange thread to make the thread loop, which can barely be seen in the background above. Looks good! I like it better than the lazy way I’d finished it previously. I can tie the ties higher, in a bow or leave them loose, or knot them lower. I like the versatility finishing the neckline this way affords me.
And, of course, the button closure lies closed properly now. I’m always going back to change something once a garment is complete. Do you continue to fuss with “finished garments”, too?