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Giving support to soft fabric
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Date: 7/11/14 0:58 AM

Hello, I am recently working on a dress with a straight across nickline. I am considering using a type of fabric that is similar to silk( soft and shiny). However this kind of fabric maybe too sloppy to support the bust. So is there any way to giving support to soft fabric without adding inner-fusing ?
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Date: 7/11/14 1:20 AM

I have been using a similar fine polyester satin (sometimes called dance satin) for very small gowns. Without support this fabric can stretchy badly on the bias, and can pull at stitching points. But, it does not respond well to fusible interfacing. I have had some success with interlining with lining fabric. This is where a piece of fabric, and lining are cut out of the same pattern piece, then the interlining placed on the wrong side of the fabric, and basted around the edges of the pattern piece. The two pieces of fabric are then treated as one complete piece. This provides support, especially in the seams area, and can limit bias stretch.

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Date: 7/11/14 1:52 PM

If you don't want it (the whole bodice) lined or interlined, and if you don't want a facing either, or that was not enough, if it had a channel or casing at the the squared off neckline, you could put something for support though that. Like some boning, or even some by the yard, plastic horsehair braid. Think old fashioned men's shirt collar stays, but longer and more flexible. Also wiring, all sorts of area's of clothes can retain a certain shape sometimes, and hold to a body, just by even having flexible wires or pieces of something built into them.
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