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Embellishing with Ric Rac
helo me decide how to embellish DDs top?
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Date: 4/19/06 6:29 PM

I have a plain white interlock long sleeved t-shirt here for my DD (KS3055)...I had the original plan of embellishing it with ric rac flowers...but then decided that they would not wash well and making them removable is not ideal as I'm pretty sure they would get lost fast in this house.

So, anyone care to share ric rac embellishment ideas?

TIA~!

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Date: 4/19/06 8:25 PM

Try pre-shrinking your ric rac. As long as the colors don't run (it shouldn't, esp if you prewash) there is no problem w/ ric rac.
Ric rac is fun to insert in a seam, like at the neck facing or under a yoke, so that only half of it peeks out from the seam. It makes a totally different effect, like a saw tooth trim.

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Date: 4/19/06 8:37 PM

Ric rac and rick rac flowers actually do pretty well in the wash as long as you tack the petal "points" so they don't curl up on themselves in the dryer.

I don't know if it's still true because most of my ric rac has come from thrift store lots, but there used to be really fun directions in the packages for making different kinds of flowers - daisies, rosebuds, etc., by rolling, braiding, twisting the trim. If you don't machine dry the top (or if you do and the fowers curl up) ric rack flowers are easy to finger press back into shape when damp. I made a couple of things with them last summer - no problem!

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Date: 4/19/06 9:37 PM

Thanks for the tips/hints.

I'm using cotton ric rac...so to pre-shrink, should I actually run it through the washer or just a soak in hot water and then through the dryer?

So you think the ric rac flowers will hold up to rather frequent washings? My original plan was for three flowers of varying colour/heights/sizes with ric rac stems at the hem of the shirt.

Thanks again for your inputs...

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Date: 4/19/06 11:44 PM

If she's into the idea, you could make a rick rack stripe down each arm. My daughter had me make a vest and capris, and we put metallic rick rack on the seams and pockets on the vest, and down each side seam on the capris. She really likes it, but I haven't washed it to see.

Haven't seen rick rack flower directions. Sounds like a great lapel trim for her vest.

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Date: 4/20/06 0:19 AM

I saw a lavender Cacharel coat in the store which had oversize ricrac inserted in the seams like piping (half in half out) and it looked gorgeous!

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Date: 4/20/06 12:56 PM

The Wright's web site has a lot of good information/instructions on all their trims...NAYY

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Date: 4/20/06 1:29 PM

I have used ric rac on many of my daughter's clothing and love it. It has never shrunk or bled. I prefer all or mostly cotton, which can be difficult to find.
One caveat: Ric rac doesn't stretch like interlock or other knits, so don't sew it on the garment where it could restrict movement. For example, I stitched ric rac just above the hem of one of my daughter's t-shirts once. That part has to be able to take a lot of stretch as the garment is being pulled over one's head, and the ric rac made it much more difficult because it didn't stretch.
Also, if you work with very thin knit, adding the heavier ric rac could cause the fabric to pucker or stretch out.
Claudia

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Date: 5/7/06 4:43 AM

I saw this cute Chetta B dress. The rick rack looks cute on the simple sheath dress.
Kay

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Date: 5/8/06 8:20 PM

That is cute! Not sure where to find rick rack quite that big though. Will have to show DD though. Just as long as she doesn't get the idea to put rick rack at the bottom of everything I make her...

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