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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Batting for a formal dress ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 2/3/08 9:16 PM

As much as I sew, I'm still a novice when it comes to formalwear. I am making Vogue 1016 for a prom dress and it calls for 3/8 yd of batting. What kind of batting goes in a formal dress? Please help with this!

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Date: 2/3/08 9:23 PM

Where does it go?

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Date: 2/3/08 9:33 PM

I don't have the pattern yet, I was reading the list of materials. I'm assuming that the only logical place would be in the bodice... around the midriff area.

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Date: 2/3/08 9:37 PM

I would use silk batting and I only say that because, it's soft and has a good hand for garment sewing, much more so than what we traditionally think of as batting (wool, cotton, poly). Silk is thinner, drapey and is easy to penetrate with the needle. It's weird, I looked at the pattern too and I can't see where you'd put batting. Curious, very curious indeed.

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Date: 2/3/08 9:39 PM

Are they using a batting to line the cups in the bodice?
Els wrote a wonderful tutorial on the Divas blog Dec 31 on a formal bodice, and she mentions using tie interfacing to line and quilt-shape the bodice. Tie interfacing is available under the trade name Armo-Rite here in the USA.
It can be hard to find.
I can't think where else they would be using batting.

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Date: 2/3/08 10:04 PM

Wow Marji! That makes so much sense! Since I only need 3/8 yd, that must be where it is! Thanks ladies for the help. Once I buy the pattern, I'll be able to see exactly where it goes.

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Date: 2/4/08 9:40 AM

I wonder if it might also go in the halter strap around the neck to give soft support. Let us know what it is for if you get the pattern. It's a beautiful pattern, by the way.

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Date: 2/4/08 10:37 AM

my guess is that it goes in the midriff part, as the pattern says that part is topstitched for decoration. batting would make the topstitching stand out more.

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Date: 2/4/08 11:04 AM

I was thinking maybe in the straps, too. If you are looking for tie interfacing, you might try Peggy Sagers (Silhouette Patterns). She uses it a lot and sells it. Gorgeous pattern! I'm sure you will do a beautiful job.

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Date: 2/7/08 4:54 PM

I have that same pattern, so I can confirm that yes, the batting goes in the midriff area. The lady at my wonderful local fabric store suggested that the batting was used to make the topstitching stand out, and that even something like wool flannel would be sufficient for that purpose.

I'm planning to make the dress in silk dupioni. I was planning not to do the batting/topstiching because the topstitching pattern would look odd with the texture of the dupioni. I was planning instead on just backing the bodice with organza or hair canvas, and possibly boning it, so that it would still have some structure.

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