This section is from the book "Clothing For Women: Selection, Design, Construction", by Laura I. Baldt. Also available from Amazon: Clothing For Women: Selection, Design, Construction.
Cut a bias strip of material long enough to go around the armhole and one inch wide. Beginning at underarm seam, baste the binding to the armhole, the right side of the binding to the outside of the armhole. Make bias join where ends of binding meet. Stitch on when stitching sleeve; turn edge of binding in and hem to the inside of armhole. Remove all bastings; fasten the ends. Sleeves are sometimes set into the armhole with entre-deux. In such cases use the method described in setting ruffle on lower edge of drawers. In the gown shown in Fig. 170 there is a band at the high waist line to confine the fulness. The line for this band was found by drawing a tape about the waist and placing pins, noting at the same time the measurement of the tap and distance between seams across the back. The neck and sleeve finish is elaborate, entailing a great deal of labor and time. The lace is a very good pattern and quality. Numerous other, and far simpler, methods of decoration might be applied to night-gowns. Any that are adaptable to corset covers could be used equally well on gowns. Fig. 163 shows a good suggestion for simple embroidery and scalloped edges.