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Flocked organza belt or sash
Avoiding weird stretched areas
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Date: 7/6/13 4:28 PM

I am working with this lovely organza but find when I fold it for the "bandeau" across the top of the bodice and even more with the belt or sash I want to make, that it is stretching in the non-flocked parts. Since both of these areas are going to need to be fastened for wearing, I am concerned that they will get stretched out and not look nice and clean, which is really key to the look.

So I am thinking they need to be interfaced somehow, right? The white organza I have for the underskirts will not look right and possibly the lycra will be too thick? Do I need to find pale turquoise organza for this?

Hard to know where to put this question!

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Date: 7/6/13 8:48 PM

I think you just need to set on on as many colors of stuff (anything for just color testing) possible (hopefully left over scraps of stuff you just have lying around, that do not stretch) and kind of see what it looks like then. Maybe even some light tan or skin colored non stretchy nylon tricot, or something like that. I don't think you can iron anything to the back of it, as looks like the kind of fabric that both the fabric and the flocking would melt to the iron. If you were to interline it, you could still hand tack it down in some places to the interlining even in the middle or the fabric there and I don't think that would show though, as doing that at all, as if you used just some tiny hand stitches every now and then just on the edge of the bright turquoise flocking where you wanted to do that, as then I think it would blend in and be sort of hidden then.

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Date: 7/7/13 1:17 AM

beauturbo - Here is a photo of the dress. The top band is not too bad, but the matching belt band I think will be an issue. I tried one version with the turquoise lycra underneath and had issues with that, then tried with (carefully!) fused on interfacing but it was too thick. Wondering now if some of the flesh toned power net I used for the under dress and top bodice might do it. Try again tomorrow!

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Date: 7/7/13 8:56 AM

What if you just use a very good light weight iron in interfacing? I use PRO-SHEER Elegance Light Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. It is a great interfacing for stabilizing light weight fabric.

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Date: 7/7/13 1:30 PM

Have you tried making a stay to hold it in place? I know that yours isn't ruched, but I have been known to ruch then iron on lightweight interfacing on the back to make the gathers set, then attach it to a stay. That worked well.

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Date: 7/7/13 2:05 PM

After several trials last night I decided on using elastic at least in the belt to hold the shape of the organza. I think I can tack down most of the front of the belt, but the back needs to be fastened some how. A lot of work on my brain to avoid putting in a zipper! I hope it is worth it in the end.

Not sure I want that thickness at the top of the bodice. It may just be interfaced (or interlined?) with lycra to help keep the shape.

More info and photos on the blog.

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