Black or Blue? Trim on the Instant Dress

So far, the Instant Dress (McCalls 3660) is living up to its name. There are only four pieces to sew – front bodice, back bodice, and two skirt pieces – so it really will be quick to make.

In order to keep the number of pieces down, the neckline and armholes are bound with bias tape. I didn’t take the fabric to the store, and just grabbed navy packaged tape. Navy is navy, right?

bias tape trim

Apparently not! I knew that, but I was hoping that I’d have pretty close-to-matching trim if I went with navy, and that even if it was off a little, it would look all right. But as you can see – it’s easier to tell on the right side of the photo – the trim is quite blue-navy, and the playing-card outlines are more of a deep dark navy.

instant dress neck binding, mccalls 3660 vintage dress pattern

I tried to see if black trim would look better, but it doesn’t quite match either.

Here’s a close-up of the navy side:

navy bias tape

It might not look as bad in the photos, but to me it looks bright and cottony, and a bit cheap. Purchased bias tape can look a bit cheap in general, if used on the right side of the garment, but it’s even worse when the colours don’t match well!

And here’s a close-up of the black side:

black bias tape

The black looks wrong to me, too! I suppose if there was more black tied into the print then it would be OK, but there isn’t any black anywhere.

Why am I talking about this? Well, because it makes a difference to the appeal of the final garment. I’m tempted to go ahead and sew on the blue-navy trim, because I hand-basted it on like the instructions said and that was a considerable time investment. I feel like I’ve come too far to fix it, you know? Do you ever have that feeling when it comes to fixing your work – it’s almost but not quite perfect and you just want to keep going to get closer to the finished garment?

But I am taking the advice I would give someone else, and removing the trim that’s not quite the right colour match. On a pattern like this, where the bias tape trim is a focal point, it needs to be right. (It needs to be right in my eyes, that is. If this were your project and you liked the black or the blue-navy, go for it!) If I went ahead and finished the dress with the blue-navy trim, I’d be bothered by it each time I went to wear it.

My next step is to check the store one last time for a proper navy. Perhaps there were two options and I picked the wrong one, I can’t remember now. If that fails, I’ll make my own bias tape.

What would you do if this were your project? Ever get the urge to ‘cheat’ on parts of your project that you know should be corrected?

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96 Responses to Black or Blue? Trim on the Instant Dress

  1. aem2 July 2, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    I always get the urge to cheat, and then I’m never happy with the result. Save time by getting the perfect trim.

    Now I have to go unpick something I cheated on. :P

    • Jane July 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      I’m thinking you want to go with something entirely different. Have you considered making your own out of the fabric? Otherwise, as neither of them match, I’m with Liz – white is a good choice.

  2. Liz July 2, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Both the boyfriend and I think black look better, but have you thought about white?

  3. Fiona July 2, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    It’s always worth going back and unpicking.
    If you don’t, then the only thing you will ever see is that the binding doesn’t quite match!
    If you want to look good in the dress then take the time to get the binding right as otherwise it will sit at the back of your wardrobe for ever and you just wont wear it.
    Sorry, harsh words spoken from experience.

  4. Paige @ LPD July 2, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Honestly I would do white. The black bugs me more than the blue though.

  5. Cheryl July 2, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Maybe its just the photos, but I actually like the blue trim. If you’re not happy with it, though, it’s totally worth it to rip out and start over. A little time now will lead to more satisfaction and wears of the finished dress.

  6. Liz July 2, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    I’m with the other Liz (great name by the way!)….white or cream might be a good option if you can’t find the exact right shade of navy.

  7. caroline July 2, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    The black gives a polished finish, however I prefer the blue. It’s a little quirky, making it less off the peg.

  8. Michelle @ needle and nest July 2, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    I can see why you’re tempted to cheat (I know I would be too), but I’m with the other commenters. If you don’t remove it, all you’ll see is the mismatch and you’ll likely never wear it. xoxo

  9. Julie July 2, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    I am often tempted by the “good-enough”. However, I know it will be the detail I focus on for the life of the garment. I became more disciplined with knitting. Frogging is as much a part of my repertoire of knitting skills as cables or purling. When it comes to sewing I keep my seam ripper close at hand.

  10. The Lemming King July 2, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    That would absolutely irk me too! If it was me, I’d make my own bias tape in a color that matched the dress. Good luck, and I cant wait to see the final dress. :)

  11. Sewing Princess July 2, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I would go with the blue trim in this case. I have learned that sometimes you don’t need an exact match. Or I would choose red as it’s the dominant color!

    Regarding shortcuts…well, sometimes unpicking seams when you are too far down in the construction is too late. A few days ago I made a skirt. Despite trying to the waistband beforehand…I realized only too late that the back was too big (the pattern had the same front and back piece!) I am now too lazy to go back and redo it…though it’s bugging me.

    • Shelley July 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      I tend to agree with you.

  12. Nerroli July 2, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    I vote white too Tasia. I don’t know why. Or make a navy one that matches. I do think you should definitely unpick the one you don’t like. If you’re anything like me when you’re not completely happy with the finished project it will hang in your closet not on your body. It’s such a great dress, that would be such a shame.

  13. Tasha July 2, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    I admit, I would probably just sew on the blue if I’d spent all that time hand basting it, since I do often want to just push through if something is mostly right. I find that time softens my opinions, and things I felt were frustrating elements (a little bubble here, a slightly askew line, etc) during sewing or right after completion never bother me later down the road. But I totally understand why you want to get this right on since it really is a focal point!

  14. Lauren July 2, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Well, if it’s between the black or the navy, I’d go with the navy because it matches a little better. If you wanted to change the color but still wanted to stick with packaged bias tape, you could always do red or white. PERSONALLY, I would buy matching navy cotton and make my own bias tape – you’ll get a perfect color match, and I think self-made bias tape looks and feels sooo much better than the packaged stuff. But then it kind of defeats the purpose of an “instant” dress when you just spent an hour cutting and folding bias tape, too!

    As far as the shortcuts… weeell, I get what you’re saying about how far you’ve already come to rip things out, but what about how far you’ve come to just settle on a trim that doesn’t look quite right? If it bothers you that much, rip it out and try something else. I’ve learned that pushing to finish doesn’t do anything except leave me with a garment that’s not *quite* perfect – and in my world, that means it doesn’t get worn at all! :)

  15. Janette July 2, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    White! or red but those are even harder to match. The best option may be a homemade bias from a deep navy fabric.

  16. Linda July 2, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Red or black. Not the blue! White and red stripe would look cool. Or black and white stripe.

  17. Aleksandra July 2, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    I’d probably just go with the black. From the pictures you can barely tell that it doesn’t match. Although I really like the Liz/Liz white suggestion.

    I cheat all the time — like Tasha says, it usually bothers me way more while I’m sewing than it does while I’m wearing it. But I’m trying to get better about unpicking/redoing things that need it.

  18. Mary July 2, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    I have to agree with Lauren and Janette, I would buy a good quality cotton broadcloth that matches the navy and make my own bias binding. It really doesn’t take too long and I think you will be much happier with the end result. Hand basting on the bias tape is quite time consuming. I always apply bias with a two step process. I stitch it to the right side of the garment using the fold line as my seam line and then turn it to the wrong side of the garment and carefully pin it in place. Then I do the final stitching from the right side. No need to baste at all and it quite fast and easy. No chance of the binding slipping out of position while sewing.

  19. O! Jolly! July 2, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    I vote for the black trim. (Is this a vote?) I think the blue makes it look like a child’s dress. It’s a cute, casual fabric and I think the black pulls the look together. :)

  20. Jan Anderson July 2, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I think red or white. If you really want it to match, make the bias trim yourself. It is really hard to find a manufactured trim to exactly match the colour you want. It looks like a fun dress for summer!!!

  21. Adrienne July 2, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Definitively black!

  22. Kelly July 2, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    You’re right, this sort of problem is something that will bother you and that will likely affect your desire to wear the finished garment. When that is the case, you’ve never gone to far to fix something! I consider myself lucky that some perfectionistic part of my personality keeps me from the temptation to just move on. It makes for slow, frustrating sewing sometimes, though!

  23. Katja July 2, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    I’ve been tempted to cheat a lot of time, but I learned to be honest with myself and at least I will always remember if I do so plus: the finished garment won’t ever satisfy me… even if it hurts, going back is worth the result in the end.
    Maybe I’m a Bit of a perfectionist, but I absolutely understand your thoughts…

  24. Jenny July 2, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    I’d go with the deep dark navy.

  25. Romona July 2, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    If you’re asking, I would go with red. The dark navy already makes a statement, so I would let it speak and go with red that would fade into the background. JMHO, Romona

  26. Sam July 2, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    From personal experience I know that if you’re not 100% happy with something like this while the sewing is in progress, you’re highly unlikely to be happy with the end result. However it’s far easier to tell someone else what they should do than do it yourself!

    If you can’t get a matching navy, how about white? Or even the lighter blue in the flowers – that would look lovely against the red in my opinion.

  27. Lindsay Tailor July 2, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    If it were my project, I’d take the time to get the bias tape that I liked.

    Just think about it. If it bothers you and you’re not even finished sewing it, then it will bother you every time you put it on. Therefore, you won’t wear it as often. Why sew something you aren’t going to wear and show off proudly!

    You could find the right navy, make your own bais tape for the navy, or tey a different color like the white for the polka dots or bright blue for the flowers. I would suggest red, but that might be even harder to match.

  28. Chris Butler July 2, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I’m with Lindsay – get the colour right and you’ll love wearing it – really like the style and looking forward to seeing the finished result

  29. Katie July 2, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I always have the temptation to cheat! But if it means you won’t wear the dress, then don’t do it. Tear out the basting stitchines and put on new binding. I’d go for dark navy if you can find a matching color. If not, then white might be a good compromise if you don’t want to go through the hassle of making it.

  30. Maggie July 2, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    I also vote for making trim (or purchasing!) if you can find the right color. If you don’t love it, you won’t wear it. And instant or not, I think it is better to wear it and be happy!! :)

  31. SanDee July 2, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I think the blue trim actually works! The lighter and darker shades of blue in the flowers tie in the blue trim quite well. I think you would end up liking this.

  32. Meghan July 2, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I have nothing original to add… I agree with the others who say maybe white or off white. I also think the blue is better than the black, because the fabric is very fun and open to a whimsical trim. Regardless, chose what makes you happy and do that!

  33. Carla July 2, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    I will make my own bias tape in the perfect matching color.

  34. dannyscotland July 2, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    If it were me, I’d take off the blue-navy (from the pictures on my screen, it really does not appear to match, although on my computer the black looks okay) and I’d go for something totally different. Turquoise or green or red even.

  35. Carol July 2, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Go with white. It will as a summer feel to the dress. Blue and Black are both bad choices. We work to hard to put the dresses in the wadder or hell freezes over pile.

  36. Emilie July 2, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    I like the black better

  37. Elisha July 2, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    My vote is homemade bias tape–either in deep navy or in the same fabric as the dress. NOT black, black and navy never go together. If you must use store-bought, maybe there is a lighter blue one to match the flowers.

  38. Nizzy July 2, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    The photos don’t make the blue look that bad, but to me the black works even less. The blue seems to brighten it up a bit. But if you seriously can’t get with the look it’s best to pick it out. Do you want to focus on the trim? You could even pull out the blue in the flower and use that color as the trim which may look summery and fun.


  39. Alicia July 2, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I’d rather prefer the blue one, but if these colours annoy you, maybe you could change to a different colour such as green, light blue, white or red. XoXo

  40. Tasia July 2, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Oh wow, so many opinions!! This is great. You’ve all given me so much to think about, but overall the feeling is that it needs to be right, whatever that right colour is. No settling for ‘just ok’ for us! Thank you all for weighing in!

  41. Sarah July 2, 2013 at 10:03 am #


  42. Sarah July 2, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Actually, yellow would look the cutest. Is yellow an option?

  43. Colleen July 2, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I like the blue, if the choice is between the two. The black seems heavy, for some reason. I saw someone use white bias tape for a bright red Renfrew and it looked fabulous so I’ve been thinking of white on this, too.

  44. Loubylashes July 2, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I LOVE the blue trim!!

  45. Janice July 2, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I would go with the aqua green color of the leaves in the cards for the binding! That would make the dress very Anthro. Or I would go with white. But definitely not navy or black! In my opinion both navy and black are too harsh especislly if the navy does not match. Black does not add to the prettiness at all.

  46. Leigh July 2, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    IMO – the black is OUT! :) But blues are harder to match – they just tend to clash more, and you’re right – that discordant blue would drive me nuts too.. If it were mine, I’d see about the navy choices, then try out a white, or see if the available red matched better than the navy. Sometimes the reds don’t match well either.

    I would also consider making bias out of a navy/white stripe (*very* small stripes, like 1/16th) or white/red, or a tiny polkadot in either of those color combos. I might even head to the quilter cotton and see if there was a mostly-navy mottled ‘print’ that reads as a solid. I might even try a red/white or navy/white tiny gingham check. Then with any of the prints, I would be careful of “too much going on”. The balance is that even if the blue isn’t quite right, the pattern helps it blend better.

    Good luck!!

  47. Shaw Wells July 2, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I like the black better than the blue… but neither looks right… I would make my own or what about a red or white???

    yes, i’ve ‘cheated’ to hurry and always, always regret it!… and usually it spoils the pride of the ‘Yes, I made it myself’ moments…

  48. Suzan Dury July 2, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I’d definitely unpick and redo it in a contrasting bias strip that I had made myself.

  49. Kathi sorensen July 2, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    None of those are going to make you happy- it’s always going to bug you. It’s a very cute dress and the period material deserves more than the make do. Time to pull that bias tape tool out of the bottom of your notions drawer and get a yard of the right color from the quilting shop. There are lots of e-sites that show you how to make your own bias tape. Remember when you could find bias tape of any color at your neighborhood fabric store? Sigh.

  50. Carla July 2, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    As hard as it was, I “trained” myself long ago to just undo what I didn’t feel good about. Since you mentioned making your own bias tape, have you thought about using the same material as the dress? I think it would look nice and be less likely to take away from the pattern. Using a solid bias on this pretty dress, in my eyes, would make it look like an apron. I can’t wait to see the finished product! You make some really nice things :)

  51. Pauline July 2, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I think it’s worth the trouble to unpick everything and find a better matching trim ( the navy one or why not the lighter blue of the flowers?). If there’s such a big detail that bothers you, you’ll probably never wear the dress.
    By the way, that fabric is so cute (I guess it’s vintage)!

  52. learningnewtricks July 2, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I now make my bias tape because it matches the garment exactly to my specifications, instead of putting up with a so-so store bought choice. I think the blue is fine, but all that matters is your opinion. If you do plan on making it, I agree that red, white, or even another shade of blue might work better.

  53. Tina C. July 2, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I agree with others that have suggested white. The navy and black don’t look quite right…

  54. Ali July 2, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I would do exactly what you are doing, I have had too many experiences of spending the time and money on great fabric and making a beautiful garment only to ruin it with some finish like a bad bias binding. Its not worth the “quick finish,” and I have learned that the only bias binding I like is the kind I make myself from higher quality fabrics, the premade stuff just looks cheap to me. Take the time to do the best and you will be so much happier!

  55. alexis July 2, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Neither — I’d do a turquiose-y lighter blue like thr flowers. Nice contrast with the red ground!

  56. Stephanie July 2, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    A few other people have mentioned it but what about white? Otherwise I think the blue looks better than the black. I think you should try to get something you’re happy with because sewing is something that takes time and patience. If you’re putting so much effort into it then you will be happier if it’s right :)

  57. Holly July 2, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    I have had the same problem, and I’ve realized that when you aren’t satisfied with something, it will bother you, and you may never wear it. Have you thought about white? White would brighten it up a bit I think!

  58. Karen July 2, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I like the blue it picks out the flowers! I like contrasts

  59. Sstaci July 2, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    How about white binding? Or you can always buy white and dye with Rit Dye. I’ve found the colors of dye spot on to the packaging color. They have a nice dark navy.

  60. Mariann July 2, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I don’t care for the blue at all. I hate trying to match blues. I made a dark navy print skirt that I hardly ever wear because I can’t find shoes to match. Black looks better to me but I vote for white or red.

  61. Lizzy July 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I guess it looks better the black one

  62. Mary M July 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    If it were a RTW dress and you weren’t given the option, you would probably not question either choice – or not buy it and move on. The joy of making your own garments is being able to get closer to your own prefered perfection. If you are making it, it should be just what you want. A dress you love will get worn, while a dress you can nitpick will sit in the back of your closet feeling neglected.

  63. Leigh July 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    What about white bias tape to match the spots?

  64. Julieanne July 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    For my two cents worth, if the two pictured I prefer the black to the blue-navy. I’m not that keen on the suggestion of white, I feel it might be too stark against the richer colours of the fabric.

    Ideally I would try to find the right navy (take a swatch of your fabric! :)) or make self bias binding so it’s all the same.

    Good luck! :)

  65. Missy July 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I vote blue :)

  66. ellen July 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    I would probably choose red binding or navy in the right color.
    I really like this discussion… so many different, wonderful suggestions

  67. Karen July 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    That blue is too bright- just enough to make it “wrong”. The black is a tad depressing. (I love black in it’s right place) I think white would be lovely! :)

  68. Caje July 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #


  69. Tasia July 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    You know, all of these comments are validation that I am not overthinking it! :)
    I love that there are so many strong opinions on the trim colour. Here I thought some of you would say blue, some would say black and some would say do whatever you want. And look! There’s votes for white, yellow, turquoise, green, prints, self-fabric (which I ran short of cutting the dress), red, tonal shades of blue. Just goes to show that the details really matter to detail-oriented people!

  70. Rebecca July 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Black. It pops! ;)

  71. Lauren M July 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Red would look the most sophisticated. White would look a bit more playful/cheeky. Not very keen on the black or blue…sorry for the brutal honesty! ;)

  72. Ally D July 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I actually really like the blue myself!

  73. thecuriouskiwi July 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I almost always make my own bias tape, it can be time consuming when you need to make a lot of it but I have never been disappointed at my choice when making it myself.

    I think neither of those is right for this dress and while it’s annoying to un-pink it (and I am sure we’ve all been there too!) you’ll feel better once the right bias is attached. If you cannot find the right blue then how about the lighter blue from the flowers? Or maybe a darker red to offset the main colour?

  74. Megan July 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    I think white bias binding would look so fresh! But you would need either a good vintage pack (I think they tend to be better quality. Somehow I find the wrights bias to be shiny and slightly cheap looking. Like the thread couch is too low) or make your own. But my vote goes to white!

  75. Nay July 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Blue or white.

  76. LLBB July 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    ugh, I definitely hear ya on wanting to cheat through once you feel like you’ve put so much time in. but Lauren makes a good point that if you have put all the time in to this point you might as well get in right! I know you like to get things right so I imagine that resonates :)! it’s true, if you’re not going to be happy with it in the end then it’s silly to put any time into it. if it’s not make or break, but rather ‘better / best’ then it’ll work in the end!
    As for the specific task at hand, it would be nice to find a perfect dark navy match. i think the black is a closer match than the bright navy, but for me it might veer to minnie mouse. white/cream might also be a choice? Good luck figuring it out!

  77. Sarah July 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    hmm, no fabric scraps to create enough bias binding? I think the black looks better, but I do agree its easy to get swayed to something you have already handstitched on haha!

  78. Sarah July 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Rather than either fix or power through and regret it later, I’m more likely to get frustrated that something wasn’t going just right and throw the whole mess in a corner, hahaha. Seriously, though, if there’s even a chance you won’t wear it because of the missmatched trim, fix it. The fabric is to cute to languish in the back of your closet!

    You’re right though, the navy is too blue, and the black is not blue enough. What about the lighter blue from the flowers? That might be cute :). It’s more work to make the bias tape, but on something like this where it’s being used decoratively, it would probably be worth it to have better quality fabric and a closer colour match.

  79. Rochelle New July 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Oh the blue is definitely the winner! I think the black blends in too much to the point where it’s a bit distracting when you do notice it. The blue stands out right away, you see it, you know it’s bias tape, and it’s a great compliment. :)

  80. Holly July 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I surprisingly like the black better but I am curious to see what the white that so many mentioned would look like. Maybe before you make your final decision try a few!

    • Elena Knits July 3, 2013 at 12:10 am #

      I also like black better.

  81. patsijean July 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I don’t like the black at all. The blue does not bother me very much but that said, you could easily find a piece of cotton broadcloth that is a match and make your own trim. White would be OK also, but I still like the idea of a blue accent.

  82. Therese July 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Make your own bias tape. It is very easy to make. You can get a perfect match at Fabricana. Either Greg or Mike will make it so! Guaranteed

  83. zetinja July 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    I’d grab a peace of fabric and go bias tape of fabric shopping again. I’ve stalled projects for weeks till i get right supplies. I’ve a woolen fabric for a dress that was not made just because i could not find the right colour lining this winter.

  84. Elena Knits July 3, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    That would drive me nuts for days. I would keep the hand-sewed and that would keep me awake for a couple of nights. After 2 night not sleeping, and the project sadly waiting, I would rip it off, so the project would take the double amount of time. Yes, I learn the hard way :(

  85. Elle C July 3, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    The bias binding in a colour that wasn’t a perfect match would bug me so much that I would never wear the dress. I would have to redo the bias in a colour that was an exact match, whether it was white, red or dark blue.

    It has been awhile since I have been there, does Dressew have bias binding by the roll in their wonderful basement?

  86. thesecretlifeofseams July 3, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    I vote red! Both the black and navy are not quite right but I know if I was sewing it, I would just go with the navy and then have it bug me forever. And then wear the resulting dress hardly ever. Ultimately it’s not worth it but I never follow this myself!

  87. Theresa July 3, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Alright, I would scrap both bias trims you have… i think the blue looks quite nice, but you don’t like it. if you don’t like it, you won’t wear it. here is my advice…

    First choice: find a “proper navy” fabric and make your own bias tape… It will be worth the extra effort if that is the look you are going for.

    Second choice: if for some reason you don’t want to make your own bias tape, have you thought about matching the blue of the flowers? That would be so nice, although perhaps a little lighter than you wanted?

    Third choice: for crazy insane, have you considered yellow? I know there is no yellow in the fabric, it it would be so fun. But, again, the final product has to match your idea of “finished” or you likely won’t wear it.

  88. Sue July 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    How about white bias binding w/ red polka dots if you can find the fabric to make it?

  89. Sunny July 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Well, I agree that neither of these is just right. From a distance, the black looks a bit better to me, but looking more closely, it would bug me. White would add some crispness, but if you won’t have sleeves, it could show staining under the arm.

    What about a medium blue to somewhat match the middle of the cards? I love a lighter blue with red.

  90. Anne July 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Usually, black is the safest color to use because it goes with almost any color. However, the blue trim picks up the blue floral prints in the fabric which makes it stand out from the red/white polka dot main color.

  91. Jane D July 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Not the blue. :)

  92. AmyG July 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    So much better – funny how a change from black to blue makes the dress look more expensive and not so harsh. As far as binding – I received for Mother’s Day the Simplicity electric bias tape maker what a wonderful gadget that I have used over and over again since May.

  93. Lois July 8, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Try some Moda bias tape. It does not look cheap and maybe you can get the right color. You will probably have to ordere it. Fabric Depot in Portland has it.