Curious on how to make the grosgrain applications on the Burdastyle empire dress? While the Burdastyle’s instruction are okay, I used a quicker method that requires less fiddling and no marking on the fabric. So without further ado, here is the fast way to make a grosgrain application on slit pockets:
What you’ll need:
2 pieces of grosgrain ribbon (preferable synthetic). For the pockets for this particular dress each piece should be about 45 cm long (approx 18 inches)
Needle and thread for basting
A blind hem presser fot.
To prevent the grosgrain from fraying melt the edges using a zip lighter. This assumes the ribbon is synthetic.
Fold and press the ribbon to create the corners.
Baste the application on the fabric. Burda recommends attaching the application before sewing the pockets. I did this tutorial after making the dress and just used a regular fabric piece for the tutorial, so hence why no inseam pockets are visible on this sample.
Using the blind hem presser feet as a guide, topstitch the application in place and be careful not snag any seam allowance or parts of the pockets if you already have begun sewing them.