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MsKate
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Date: 1/16/13 11:23 PM

Hi all, just got a request to make a formal gown with a fitted bodice, but she wants it in velvet. Will velvet work for a fitted corset-style bodice? What's the best way to sew boning into velvet? What's the best kind of velvet to use?

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Date: 1/17/13 2:09 AM

Somewhere in storage, I have a velvet bodice from the turn of the last century.Yes, it's boned, but the boning is attached to a close-fitting lining made up of a more conventional fabric.. If you want,I'll try to upload some photos.

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Date: 1/17/13 7:03 AM

ah, that makes sense! If I make a corset like liner that takes all the stress the velvet should be fine.

When you have time I would like to see photos, especially of the lining and how it's attached to the velvet.

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Date: 1/17/13 7:28 PM

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Date: 1/17/13 8:52 PM

Yes,I've made a few fitted velvet tops in cotton velvet and rayon velvet. The cotton is heavier, the rayon slippery.You could under line with organza for a boning base and attach the casings to the organza.

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Date: 1/18/13 0:50 AM

Hmm.

Black velvet does not photograph well. It's not a strapless bodice, either-- more of a massless waist. I suppose it's one take on a middy collar.

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Anyway, the lining is what supports all the bones. You might be able to tell that the velvet shell is attached at the shoulders, and at the side seams, and at the bottom.

A brief glance at "Costume in Detail, 1730-1930" suggests, on the basis of its complicated closure, that it may have been in fashion in 1905 or so.

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Date: 1/18/13 2:06 PM

a STABLE UNDERLINING IS THE SECRET TO A GOOD BODICE, AND i USE FLANNELET,or cotton broadcloth, then you can line it with whatever you want, but remember that it is extremely difficult to sew a shinny lining to velvet. Unless you do it by hand.

"Bin there done that ...got the t-shirt!"

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Date: 1/29/13 7:42 AM

Andye, that's a wonderful piece! Thank you for sharing it.

Thank you Carry, it's good to hear from someone who has done it successfully. That gives me confidence. Do you use a lining in addition to the organza underlining?

Pamela, where do you find flannelet? I've tried googling and the handful of choices were all in pastel colors that would show through the white silk velvet she wants to use.

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