I need some advice.
This pattern only has five pieces, one of which is for the tie ends, one for the back, and another for the pockets, which means it really only has two pieces that matter: The front sides and center.
However, the instructions were printed on the back of the envelope, which is in poor condition. A big chunk of it is missing. Of course, it’s the chunk that included all the not-so-obvious assembly steps (not the ones like “insert tie ends in seam” and “hem”).
I realize that this can’t possibly be that difficult but I’ve never bound seams that weren’t on the outside edge of a dress before, and I’d like to mess it up as little as possible, so I’m asking for input in case anyone else out there has made a pattern with bound seams (that is, with the binding on the outside, as trim).
Oh, and it’s not a pattern of which I can just run out and find another copy. It’s “904″, and I’m guessing it’s from somewhere between 1928 and 1931, so not only does it not have a manufacturer’s name, but it’s really old.
2) The seams. I know that it has bound seams. Doesn’t that basically mean that the seams are inside-out, so there is an external edge to bind? Or do you bind the edges of the center front first and then topstitch it onto the side panels?? And there are pockets in the front curves, which complicate the whole piecing thing (I have a suspicion that the original instructions were vague, anyway, and sort of left the seamstress to figure it out on her own).
Or is the binding just appliquéed over the seam, and not actually encasing the seam allowance?
I’m running errands tomorrow and plan to stop by the fabric store to see if they have any apron patterns with bound seams, but I doubt any of their apron patterns with bound seams will have inset pockets and stuff, so the instructions might not be very helpful.