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Tutorial: easy binding vent

by Pauline Alice
I know a few of you have requested a tutorial on how to sew the sleeve vent for the Carme blouse pattern. I wrote one a couple of months ago for Craftsy so I thought it would be nice to share it here as well (with translation).
This tutorial might come in handy if you’re making the new Eliana dress pattern as this is the technique used to make the front/back opening on the bodice.
It’s quite easy and produces such great results. If you are making a blouse or shirt, using sheer or lightweight fabric and want to add a vent to a one-piece sleeve or an opening on the bodice, this tutorial definitely is for you!

tutorial-easy-binding-vent-sewing-pattern-1Here’s how to sew an easy vent with binding!


tutorial-easy-binding-vent-sewing-pattern-2You’ll need your fabric piece (sleeve or bodice) and a strip of fabric cut on grain twice as long as your opening and about 1″ large (you can also use bias binding, just know that it may not sit as flat as on grain fabric).

Step 1:
Cut the opening.

tutorial-easy-binding-vent-sewing-pattern-3Step 2:
With right sides facing you, pin the sleeve/bodice opening and the vent together. The center of the sleeve/bodice opening will sit about 1/4″ from the vent edge, this will account for the pivot/shit of fabric.

Step 3:Stitch 1/4″ from the edge. When you reach the center, put the needle down, lift the foot and pivot the fabric to the back. Make sure there is no fold at the corner: the stitching line is just barely on the sleeve/bodice.
Then continue until the end.


Step 4:
Press the seam allowance toward the vent. Then fold the other edge of the vent by 1/4″ and press.
Fold the vent over the seam allowances. The folded edge of the vent should sit just over the stitching line. Pin in place.

Step 5:
Edgestitch. Remember to pivot when you reach the center.

tutorial-easy-binding-vent-sewing-pattern-9Here is how it looks from the right side:

tutorial-easy-binding-vent-sewing-pattern-10Step 6:
Fold the vent with right sides together. Stitch diagonally across the end, it will keep the vent inside and flat.

Press the vent to one side.

tutorial-easy-binding-vent-sewing-pattern-13There you go! Now you can add cuffs or hem your sleeves for the Carme and stitch the bias binding neckline on the Eliana.



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Anonymous 29 January, 2015 - 8:30 am

Merci Pauline !!!

samplerdisabrina 29 January, 2015 - 11:45 am

Est très clair, merci.

Sasha 29 January, 2015 - 5:27 pm

It couldn’t be clearer if you personally stood over one’s shoulder and told them what to do! you have a great way of explaining things!

Mia 29 January, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Great tutorial. Thank you

SanPini 30 January, 2015 - 8:51 am

Buenísimo, gracias.
¡Me han traído la Carme los Reyes! Así que, de esta primavera no puede pasar el hacérmela.

Sonia Fonseca 30 January, 2015 - 10:54 am

Plas plas plas!!!.
Fabulosa como siempre en tus explicaciones!
Besitos guapa

Ninushko 30 January, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Great tutorial! Thanks! This will come in handy for the next summer blouses.

Maudinette 30 January, 2015 - 9:48 pm

J'ai beau suivre les explications, j'ai des plis qui se forment au niveau de l'ouverture. J'ai défait et refait plusieurs fois mais j'ai toujours les des plis qui font que l'ouverture de la manche n'est pas jolie.

Pauline Alice 2 February, 2015 - 12:28 am

Bonjour Maude,
je sais que c'est une étape délicate et que c'est difficile d'obtenir une ouverture parfaite du premier coup. Est-ce que ton ouverture est bien placée en décalage sur le biais au niveua du milieu? Sur la 2e photo de l'étape 3, tu verras que le milieu de l'ouverture est positionnée à environ 1,3 cm du bord du biais, cela permet de pivoter le tissu plus facilement sans faire de plis.
N'hésite pas à m'envoyer une photo.

Maudinette 18 February, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Je n'avais pas décalé le milieu de la fente par rapport au biais. Après avoir ré-essayer c'est bon, je n'ai plus les plis disgracieux.

Silvia 31 January, 2015 - 9:08 pm

tan bien explicado como siempre, así da gusto.

Juls 7 August, 2017 - 6:02 pm

thank you for this tutorial. I will use this on the Eliana 🙂
You might like to add this to your “Tutorials and Techniques” as it doesn’t seem to be included there..


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