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Date: 7/6/12 4:32 PM

A couple of years ago, I scored a fabulous bolt end of laser-cut microsuede of some kind at the red tag table at JoAnn. I have about 4 yards. It has no information on it at all.



I'd like to use some of it to make "guards" (striped trim) for a period skirt, like this. The skirt will be black linen, which I will be rigorously pre-washing/drying like I prep all my linen.

Before I have at the suede-stuff, I'm wondering if anyone has ever worked with this kind of fabric before. How did you pre-treat it? I know a lot of microsuede doesn't fray, but this does. I've used a fair amount of regular (ie, not full of holes!) microsuede, but to be honest I can't remember whether I've ever washed it before! (I've used it on non-washables like bags or for the trim on a corset, etc.) I will in all likelihood eventually need to wash the finished skirt.

A second question is determining the nap. It has one; it's lovely--just like natural suede. But I'm rubbish at figuring out the direction of nap. It's soft every way; should I just pick one direction and stick with it? Or because it's supposed to be suede-like, does it not matter?

For making the trim, I could either do bias tape or cut straight yardage. Can anyone think of an advantage either way?

Last question--working around the holes. The point of using the perforated fabric is to see the black skirt behind it through the holes (like this), and I'm worried about the seam allowances showing through instead. Any suggestions here? Really tiny seams?

I would appreciate any advice or suggestions or ideas anyone has.

Thanks!!

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 7/7/12 0:02 AM

I've used suede but not microsuede. The only suggestion I have for the seam allowances is maybe turning however much you need to for the holes to line up, KWIM? Good luck with your project.

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Date: 7/10/12 7:59 AM

That's a brilliant suggestion! Alas, I did a test fold, and they don't line up as well as you'd hope, so I think my best bet is to try to fold as much as possible along a solid edge.

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