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Date: 11/1/05 0:17 AM

Hi everyone,
I am sewing a high-waisted regency type dress for my daughter's Christmas finery. I would like to sew a tie-at-front ribbon right under the bodice. I want to sew the ribbon so that the stitching does not show very much and won't affect the shininess of the ribbon. I tried attaching it last night with a machine applique stitch, but it looked as though the sides of the ribbon were embellished and it somehow texturized or affected the shininess of the ribbon, if that makes any sense. It's important to me that the ribbon actually be sewn to the dress...
Any advice?
Thanks.

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Date: 11/1/05 1:02 AM

Here's the only idea I had.

Could you handstitch it on with wide spaced stitches, but add a tiny bead on each stitch? Or will that be too much?
It would hide the stitch and add some different shininess.

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Date: 11/1/05 5:09 AM

If you mean *completely* sewn to the dress, ignore the following...

How about just sewing it in the side seams, but having the rest of it free to tie? In other words, if you want it in the back too, that piece would attach in the side seams. Then two more pieces for the front, also sewn in the side seams. This way your ribbon can't get marred with stitches.

You may already know this, but just in case you don't...to 'seal' the ends of the ribbon, so it doesn't ravel, you wave the ends over a lit match. This will melt it just a tiny bit. Practice on a scrap of the ribbon to get the feel of it.

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Date: 11/1/05 7:58 AM

You also could handsew the ribbon using a slipstich.

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Date: 11/1/05 8:05 AM

Does your ribbon have seams on each side? Like a grosgrain ribbon? If so, I do a straight stitch on both sides on top of that seam. You could use a silk thread that blends. I think silk is less noticeable.

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Date: 11/1/05 9:18 AM

I've sewn satin ribbon to purses. I just do a straight stitch along the edge - you might need to lengthen the stitch a bit - using a rayon embroidery thread that matched the ribbon.

Alathia

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Date: 11/1/05 9:23 AM

I agree with you! You also might want to shorten the stitch length if you decide to machine stitch it. I used glue stick to "baste" the ribbon in place before machine stitching.

It sounds really pretty! Please post a picture of the dress when you are done.

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Date: 11/1/05 9:25 AM

Hand sewing will show the least, but hand or machine with silk thread will blend much better than rayon or poly thread, even if it's not a perfect color match. The silk thread just disappears.

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