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Date: 7/13/13 9:13 PM

I've never worked with this fabric before, but I found some online in a gorgeous print that I just have to buy. Does anyone have any tips on sewing with it? I plan to make a very simple tunic/minidress with an elastic waist. Also, it's difficult to tell from the photo but I'm assuming it will be semi-sheer. Is this correct? If so, what can I line it with that won't affect the lightness and drapy quality of the fabric? Any help is appreciated.

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Date: 7/14/13 0:37 AM

I have. I can suggest you raise your presser foot pressure a little (lower number). Also, use a size 10 needle. It will fray on the cut edges, so be prepared! I don't know if you have a serger, but if you don't, you will need to enclose your seams.

Yes, it is semi sheer. Lining can be used in the same fabric, especially if the garment has a drapey hem. Londa of Londa's Creative Threads has a pattern for a French Lick skirt click here and it's down right drapey!

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Date: 7/14/13 12:15 PM

Lightweight poly georgette is one of my favorite fabrics for summer travel tops. I find it generally very easy to work with.

If it looks as though it is going to be very squiggly and difficult when you lay out and cut your pattern, I find it helpful to take the fabric out onto a big sheet on the patio, spread everything nice and flat--single layer--and spray it with Faultless starch. It will dry very quickly, and afterward, without pressing, will have a crisp and slightly papery hand that will make layout and construction much easier.

When the garment is completed, just toss it in the washing machine to get rid of the starch.

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Date: 7/14/13 8:45 PM

Elona, you are a genius! The spray starch technique is timeless!

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Date: 7/14/13 9:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys! Any ideas for a lining fabric that won't effect the drape of the georgette? I had considered lining it with another layer of georgette, but I'd like to keep things dress G rated lol. Do you guys think it would be opaque enough if I did that?

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Date: 7/15/13 0:01 AM


I am a fairly modest person, and I find that a nude-colored bra is all you need! No linings, etc, and that is a mercy in hot weather, isn't it?

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Date: 7/17/13 9:29 PM

I second the nude bra or nude cami for under issues. I've sewn a fair amount with this fabric. I always make a few samples before deciding on stitches and seams. I make the sample pieces on grain and on bias. Test out stitch length, needles, seam types. Most of the time I end up using a size ten Microtex needle and French seams. For hems I have used one of the following methods.

Kenneth King Tiny hem
Sewista sheer hem technique
Threads method of baby hems

The Kenneth King method is the easiest and fastest method and great for dealing with curves.

The Sewista method is the most difficult but gives you a nearly invisible edge and couture finish. You can see how it uses the spray starch. I use spray starch for all of these methods at this point.

The Threads baby hem method is a time honored method used by many.

Those poly georgettes can be quite seductive. Aren't the prints positively wonderful? I find the better quality ones aren't as prone to being hot and sweaty. Hope to see your make soon.
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Date: 7/17/13 10:21 PM

I absolutely hate sewing with the stuff, but I succumbed anyway to a gorgeous feather print. I will try the starch technique, I assume Niagara spray starch will do the same trick.
For modesty's sake, make yourself several white or flesh-toned camisoles of cotton lawn. You can wear them under anything and they will keep you cool as well as modest, neither of which the georgette can do. If you make the neckline fairly high and decorate it, it's great for those blouses that show too much cleavage as well.
For construction, I recommend French seams - they are the traditional seam finish for georgette and always look nice, but they are best used for mostly straight seams. If you have curved seams, try the False French Seam. Flat-felled will also work but gives a more casual look.

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