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Date: 10/20/13 9:14 AM

I am sewing my daughter's ice skating dress for her holiday program. I'm a novice sewer- this is my 3rd skating dress. I am modifying a QuikSew pattern for the bodice- however for the "skirt" and trim I am using 2in pile faux fox fur. She is skating to "marshmallow world" and I want the bottom portion to have a puffy, marshmallow look. The bottom is essentially going to look like a longer, fuller bottom of a Santa coat. I am going to line the inside of the faux fur with red poly satin to take some weight away, but I'm worried the weight of the fur is going to stretch and weigh down the spandex bodice. I am going to line the bodice, but should I use a stretch interfacing as well for strength? I've never used stretch interfacing- can I use it on spandex? Should I use heat-bonded interfacing?

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Date: 10/20/13 4:00 PM

I am sure that a skirt of 2" long pile fake fur hanging from a nylon lycra top is gong to pull the top down, to see just how much, just even safety pin some of that fur onto some of that lycra, without even anything cut out yet, and hang it off a hanger or a chair or such, it is going to hanging all uneven and all pulled down.

So the fur skirt part is going to have to be fastened to her and suspended from her body structure, and her body is going to have to support it and keep it at her waist instead somehow. Depending on what you got, maybe just some very thick firm elastic in the top part of the fur skirt, like maybe sewn into the back of the lining at the waist and not even the fur, might hold it there.

Or maybe something like some braces or suspender like pieces of non stretchy fabric that went under and built into the lycra top part of it, over her shoulders and then sewn to the fur skirt on the inside waist of it, might keep it in place, just since then the weight of the fur skirt would then be suspended from her body by her own shoulders instead? I don't know what best used for that, but possibly some long strips of something not stretchy but soft and might not show through too much, like nylon tricot, or even maybe some thick sturdy ribbons? Or even elastic strapping?

I don't think lining the top lycra spandex part with anything or interfacing it is really going to be the answer though. You could do it double of same fabric, but it's still going to stretch. You could interface it with anything, but then you are also going to loose a bunch of the stretch and hand of fabric you probably need. So I think you need some kind of under body support structure for that skirt built into there at that point instead.

It might be a lot more easy to just have a leotard that stayed on her body as normal and then just have separate heavy fur skirt just over it, at least maybe her waist would just hold it up then.
-- Edited on 10/20/13 4:02 PM --

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Date: 10/21/13 9:58 AM

I would be concerned about sewing the faux fur to the spandex -- the faux fur won't have any stretch (if it's the material I'm thinking of) which will compromise the stretch of the spandex. Where the fur is attached to the spandex (waist, etc.) you will lose the stretchability around the body.

The weight may also be an issue (depending on the length of the skirt) and will then stretch the spandex out length-wise. Fusi-Knit (or something similar) will not provide sufficient stability to keep it from stretching or to make it stronger. The stretch lining will provide some additional body to the bodice but won't keep it from stretching.

My suggestion would be to make a full leotard and then make the faux fur skirt separately with an elastic waist. She could then put the skirt on over the leotard. If you are concerned about the skirt moving around, you could put snaps on the side seams to secure the skirt in place once it is on.

Lining the faux fur with satin is a good idea -- if the back side of the fur is rough or sticky it will get hung up on the spandex .

Hope that helps -- there are always a lot of things to consider when you are taking spandex and applying other less stretchy fabrics to it.

Good luck with your costume -- it sounds adorable. Please post a photo when you are done.





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Date: 10/23/13 7:02 PM

Oh goodness... I really didn't think this whole thing thru. The sketch I drew out is very cute but I don't think I can realistically create my "vision"! I think I'm going to try the leotard option with elastic inside the skirt and snaps at the side seams like you suggested. Her program is only 45 seconds (and she's only 6)! Thank you so much for your advice!

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