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What makes a garment look professional?
details, finishes, fit, etc
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Date: 3/24/12 6:37 PM

I am embarking on a cocktail dress for an event. I'm a little nervous, I must admit! I would like the results to be a garment that looks like high-ish end rtw. I've only just cut the muslin, but the process of planning this is making me really think about things I've been considering for a little while now. What kinds of details or finishes do you think really make the difference between home made and handmade?

I'm interested in all kinds of opinions on this and hope it might be an interesting discussion.

One specific idea at the beginning: When you line a dress, do you also include a facing?

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Date: 3/24/12 7:03 PM

Here is a thread all about this very topic: avoiding the homemade look

What pattern and fabric are you using?

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Date: 3/24/12 7:15 PM

Avoiding the homemade look is a great thread, but proper pressing is time consuming and important.

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Date: 3/24/12 7:36 PM

Proper pressing and proper support as in the right interfacings, underlinings, etc. It does make a difference.

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Date: 3/24/12 10:03 PM

Just wonder what pattern you are using. I think the type of fabric, careful sewing and careful pressing as you go will help. You don't want it too perfect though-it will look better than even high end RTW.

I also think that sending it to the dry cleaners to get a professional cleaning and pressing will help as well; of course this depends on the type of garment.
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Date: 3/24/12 11:09 PM

I'd say pressing, interfacing, precision, finishing and no overhandling! When you overhandle your fabric this is when it starts looking tired and bleak.

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Date: 3/25/12 0:25 AM

What do you mean by ovhandle?

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Date: 3/25/12 3:59 AM

when you sew you must handle the garment as little as possible, preferably no un-doing, re-doing, etc.

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Date: 3/25/12 7:29 AM

This might be a good time for you to consider enrolling in Susan Khalje's class at www.craftsy.com . The Couture Dress
Such a wealth of information! NAYY

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PS Forgot to add that the enrollment fee may be reduced after you become a member. You'll receive an email from them with info. HTH
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Date: 3/25/12 9:36 AM

If you press as you go, your garments will look better than RTS.

Who the heck ever gave the words "home made" and hand made" bad connotations? Let's replace them with "custom made," since that's what they really are.

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