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Date: 8/9/12 9:23 AM

I'm making a gore skirt and bodice of no wale corduroy. It really reminds me of a cotton velveteen. But I'm not sure what to do with it while sewing. I know I need to watch the nap, understand that part. But when I look up using velvet, it seems difficult to iron. From what I understand I need to put it on a towel and iron on the reverse side? I'm used to steaming and pressing the crap out of my seams on woven cottons, but I don't think that will be a good idea. Is there a best choice for finishing the seams? I usually zigzag, it seems too thick for french seams. It's prewashed already and washed fine. I've never used velvet type fabrics before. And the princess seamed bodice looks like it's going to be interesting. Any tips or ideas would be welcome.
Mary

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Date: 8/9/12 11:55 AM

Hi ahrizel (Mary),

I made a jacket out of uncut corduroy and pressed on the wrong side very carefully. Minoru jacket
After working for a few days with it, I realized that the jacket itself was going to see a lot of wear outdoors, and I started being less careful. It has been camping with me, and also worn around town. I just steam it and press lightly from wrong side. For your project, which I guess is a very fitted look, I'd steam the seams and press with fingertips or a tool.

As for seam finishing, my jacket is lined. The edges of the hidden seams are overlocked. Are you lining the bodice or the skirt?

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Date: 8/9/12 12:03 PM

The bodice is lined and finished with bias tape, so no major worries there. The skirt is going to be a 4 gore, with a bias faced elastic waistband, but not lined. I'm also going to used bias to finish the bottom of the skirt, hemming a gore skirt is a pain in the butt. I usually just do a double turnup on woven fabrics, but that won't work on this stuff easily. This is for a ren faire costume, so it will get dirty. I'm just going to press carefully from the wrong side and hope for the best. My habit is always to press in my seams so I'll have to be careful. Looking back I wouldn't have gotten this fabric, but I've had it for a while. Promised my niece I'd make her a costume for several years and it's finally getting done this year. She really likes it, which is good with a teenage girl!
Mary

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Date: 8/9/12 5:40 PM

Well it did a general press on the reverse side and that worked well. Tomorrow will be sewing it, which should be interesting. I'm going to have to finish those seams well, this stuff unravels to hell. It's all over the carpetThis will be a learning experience....
Mary

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