I like to make my own piping, rather than store-purchased piping, one reason being that I can choose my own fabric. I am using baby cord that I purchased from the Martha Pullen Co. I had not planned to use yellow piping until I saw this yellow printed fabric on my cutting table and it coordinated perfectly with my smocked panel! I began by cutting a bias strip 1" wide - I cut it long enough to be able to make two pieces of piping for above and below my smocked insert.
Place the piping cording to the wrong side of the bias strip on the center.
Fold fabric over the piping cording and begin stitching.
I am using a zipper foot and I set my needle position 2 dots in from the left side.
Stitch the entire length of the bias strip
When completed, it should look like this
Next step is to sew the piping to the yoke front.
Line up cut edge of piping to lower yoke and stitch on the same stitching line. Once you have your piping sewn to your yoke, it's time to attach the smocked insert. If you take a little time in this step, you should be able to get a perfect placement of your piping to the top row of your smocked insert.
Line up the top edge of the piping to the top edge of the smocking row.
Notice the placement of my pins.
Be careful to not pin down the portion of the yoke that is above the piping.
Pin in and under.
Flip back the yoke and stitch piping to smocked insert. I set my needle to the 1st dot to the left, so that my new stitching line will fall just to the outside of the previous stitching line.
Remove pins as you stitch to them.
When completed, it should look like this! As you can see, my piping
lines up evenly with my top row of smocking.
For added neatness, I serged the seam where my yoke & piping
was stitched to my smocked insert.
Next step for this pattern is to stitch the lower portion of the front bib to my smocked panel.
Line up the piping to the edge of the panel and stitch in place.
Once again, pin the piped edge to the bottom row of smocking, taking care to pin into the piping and under the fabric to keep it free. Flip the fabric back towards the smocking and stitch in place as you did before, removing pins as you stitch to them. Finish by serging or zig-zag and trim excess fabric away.
Completed smocked insert with piping.