Soutache – also know as Russia braid – is used to embellish clothes. Soutache was especially popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era.
But instead of using store-bought soutache you can also make your own soutache with fabric. DIY fabric soutache is really easy to make. And you can use almost any fabric. I like to use rayon or cellulose acetate lining fabrics to make fabric soutache because it’s cheap, shiny, not too thick and made of natural materials.
Fabric soutache is just double-fold bias tape that has been folded again. Because fabric soutache is cut on the bias you can use fabric soutache just like ordinary soutache to embellish clothes. I used DIY fabric soutache for the military braided jacket of my Edwardian bicycle costume.
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How To Make Fabric Soutache
- sewing machine
1. Find the bias of the fabric: The true bias is a 45 degree to the fabric grain (or selvage). Cut the fabric into 2″ (5cm) wide bias strips.
2. Fold the raw edges inwards so that the raw edges meet in the middle. You now have single-fold bias binding.
3. Fold the single-fold bias binding in half. You now have double-fold bias binding.
4. Fold the double-fold bias binding in half again. Now you have DIY fabric soutache.
5. Stitch through the middle of the fabric soutache to secure all layers of fabric.
6. You can now create loops with the fabric soutache just as you would with ordinary soutache.
7. Pin the fabric soutache to the clothing and sew it in place.
8. The finished look of the DIY fabric soutache.
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