Rouleau Loops are the perfect way to add an elegant finishing touch to special occasion and everyday dressmaking projects, something a bit more special than standard machined buttonholes! I love these versatile little loops and use them all the time as a closure for fabric covered buttons and also when creating dramatic corset backed ballgowns. They’re surprisingly quick and simple to make, especially with the aid of a loop turner from William Gee…
STEP 1: Cut a strip of fabric on the bias grain, approximately 5cm (2”) wide and 20 – 30cm long. Smooth fabrics such as satin or a light weight cotton work best. To find the bias grain, measure a 45° angle from the selvedge, I’ve done this with the Patternmaster.
Fold the right sides of your strip together and stitch 6mm in from the fold for a narrow loop or 1cm for a chunky look. The excess fabric width makes feeding through the machine so much easier!
Trim off the excess fabric close to the stitching, if you’re using a delicate material which frays easily like my Satin, its best to use Pinking Shears.
Now it’s time to turn through the loop! Slide the tube onto the Loop Turner and hook the catch closed into the material. Next pull the loop turner towards you and the fabric tube away, magically turning it the right way round!
You can now either press your Rouleau flat, using a steam iron (the Prym Mini Steam Iron is Perfect for delicate tasks like this!) or leave it round for a softer look like I have. Your strip is now ready to be cut down to size depending on your buttons and added to your project!
Sarah Kate Flynn runs her own couture dancewear business 'And Dance Bespoke Dancewear' designing and making lots of sparkly dresses! When she's not sewing, Sarah loves to dance Ballroom and Latin as well as spending time with family and friends.
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I was searching for a difficult to find product, Adam from William Gee was incredibly helpful and not only pointed me to the item in stock but also changed the minimum order so it was more appropriate to my needs, thank you that was really excellent! Once ordered the product arrived promptly and as advertised.
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Will continue to use for future business purchases!
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I placed an order for some haberdashery items. They arrived well packed and secure so there was no damage; and, earlier than I expected to receive them. Good quality products, will definitely be ordering again. Thank you very much!
Placed an order online to collect, was ready quickly and they called to tell me so. Through browsing online store it is probably the best stocked haberdashery in the uk, stocking harder to find and a lot of items for designers. Will definatly be using again.
I placed my first order recently and I was very pleased with my purchases. Everything was as described, the quality was outstanding and it was all affordable. Their wide range of haberdashery is the best I've come across. I'll definitely be back for another haul.
I visited WilliamGee store today. I am a new starter in sewing, so I had just a paper with a list of unknown words to me. Effie, the sales assistant, was very helpful, indeed. She explained to me what I needed for and replied friendly to my queries. So, I easily found all I needed and I am happy! I will definitely recommend this place.
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Incredible sewing and craft shop, reminds me of long established sewing shops in Manchester growing up in the 80s. It's not a massive shop but they have everything you could ever want at very competitive prices. I also love their bargain bundles and bags.Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful too. I have done both click and collect online and bought from the shop in person, both great experiences but if you're easily tempted I advise the former option.