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Piping gives you style lines where you need it.
Sometimes, piping gives a sharper finish to any garment that needs to draw your eyes to your best feature.

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  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 1
    Step 1

    This post shows how to add piping to a lined cap sleeve. You can use this technique any where you want.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 2
    Step 2

    What you can see here is the outer cap sleeve with the piping sewn on.
    Notice the piping does not go all the way across the sleeve.
    This reduces bulk as the seams and in reality, this is the area you'll actually see the piping on this sleeve.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 3
    Step 3

    For those of you with an eagle eye, you'll notice that I'm stitching the sleeve lining on this sleeve however the stitching line is between the piping stitching line and the piping ridge.
    This gives the piping an even finish.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then I've topstitched the finished seams so the sleeve will have a sharper finish once it's sewn into the dress armhole.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here's how it now looks with the piping and lining sewn on this cap sleeve.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 6
    Step 6

    As you can see here, I'm sewing the sleeve cap closed and as the piping doesn't end here, the seam join is flat.
    And that's a good thing.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 7
    Step 7

    These are the finished sleeve caps.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 8
    Step 8

    To be safe, I sew the sleeve pieces together at the armhole edge before I begin to sew them into the final dress.

  • How to sew piping. Piping skills - Step 9
    Step 9

    Here's the finished sleeve in the dress.

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