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Detail Inspiration: Piping

Piping adds all kinds of interest to a garment. It can be made out of any fabric you like! From these inspiration photos you can see that piping not only adds a pop of color, it also shows the contours of a pattern’s design lines.

For your project, you don’t have to use a bright or contrasting color, you can use the same color as your garment for a more subtle touch.

How have you used piping in your creative sewing projects? If you haven’t used piping before, maybe now’s the time to consider giving it a go! Rachel has written an excellent tutorial showing how to add flat piping to one of our patterns. Check back for details this week!

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Caitlin Clark

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.



July 6, 2011 #

Such lovely images! Your inspiration posts are great. Looking forward to the tutorial too.
I used piping for the first time on the sweetheart neckline of my Crepe – a tricky first piping project but I was delighted with the professional finish it gave. I’ve also used piping on a cord Beignet skirt I made, putting it on the edge of the skirt beside the buttonholes and using the same fabric for covered buttons.


July 6, 2011 #

Thank you, Kerry! Your projects sound great, I bet the piping along the neckline really looked good. :)

liza jane

July 6, 2011 #

I love piping. It often adds a little special something to a project. I put piping in the princess seams of the beignet I made this spring.


July 6, 2011 #

liza jane, such a great idea to put piping in the Beignet! It really lends itself to piping details, doesn’t it?


July 6, 2011 #

Wow. Where can I find a pattern for the second dress with red pipping. Beautifull!


July 6, 2011 #

Judith, I’m not sure where you can find that pattern, but do try looking on such sites as etsy or ebay. I think there are also some sites that only sell vintage patterns. Good luck!


July 6, 2011 #

This is a Dig for Victory dress.

Good luck with finding a similar pattern – I would like it too!


July 6, 2011 #

Oops! I misread your comment, thinking you meant the vintage pattern.


July 8, 2011 #

Thanks for the info! No way I’m buying that, but I’d love to make something similar :)


July 6, 2011 #

I love piping, too! I’ve been planning on adding piping to the neck and armhole binding of the Sorbetto. Perhaps that should be my next project – thanks for the push!


July 6, 2011 #

Thank you for posting about piping. I was just thinking that I need to try something beyond my basics and the piping is so striking! I am looking forward to the tutorial on it!


June 7, 2012 #

The piping adds so much to these garments–I had been thinking about this in some of my own creations lately too–it’s like you read my mind!

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October 23, 2012 #

Very Creative! I want to learn how to make a fabulous dress like this. I love this!

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