Before you start thinking "Boy , she is using strange combinations for an Easter dress". All the materials I am using for this tutorial are scraps that I have put together for photographic reasons.
The first step on joining piping is to decide where I want the join to be at.
I do not or at least try not to join piping at the seam line for two reason.
- It would add more bulk to the seam line.
- It would just be one more thing that you need to line up perfect. Why add stress to your life?
I usually pick a spot beyond the seam line...about 3/4 inches. It is not an exact science. I just want the join to be where it is not very noticeable. If this was an arm hole that I was adding piping to, I would make the join towards the back of the dress.
I have marked my join line with a blue wash away marker. You do not need to mark the point as dark as I have done for this tutorial.
When I cut my piping I want to have about an extra 1/2 inch or so on each end (1 inch total +) so I have working room.