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LaShan
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Date: 7/8/08 10:28 AM



When I was a teen, i dreamed of making the most gorgeous dress from ribbons woven in a pattern similar to the pattern in the picture. imagine my horror when I opened a sewing mag and saw a dress by Chado Pucci identical to the one in my imagination.

Does anyone know how this pattern is achieved? it seems so simple, but in my mind I can only make it work using fusible web or fabric glue (I shudder to think). i don't see any stitching in this picture and my goal is to do it without topstitching showing......


Any ideas?

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Date: 7/8/08 7:45 PM

Hi LaShan,

You are right on the mark about using fusible web/interfacing - it is the only way I know of to keep the fabric ribbons from sagging all over the place. I made a vest using woven fabric tubes, and applied fusible interfacing to the back. The vest was fully lined so the interfacing did not show. Using a two-sided fusible could be done, fusing the woven face to a lining fabric.

I also have planned, but not yet started, a jacket using this same technique, with black ribbons of varying widths and surface textures: gloss and gros grain. I plan to do much the same as I did with the vest: pin the warp (lengthwise) ribbons to a padded foam core base, and then weave in the weft (crosswise) ribbons. A simple over one - under one - over one is easiest, but you might want to do some test pieces using other typical weave patterns: over one - under two - over one; over two - under two - over two; etc.

On both of these projects I extended the ribbons a couple of inches further on all sides than I needed them, to allow for "fudge room." Because I did the weaving right side up, so I could control the shading of the fabric colors, I needed to turn it over before fusing - to prevent the weaving from coming apart, I did use white glue on the outside edges, to keep it together. After fusing and cutting to shape, the glued ends were discarded.

Depending on the weight of your ribbons, and what you want the finished product to feel like, you can use a light, medium or heavy weight fusible. A little experimentation should give you a good idea which to use.

Good luck with your project! And can we have photos, please?

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Sophiecat

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Date: 7/9/08 1:09 PM

Thank you so much for that!

This is gonna be a long drawn out process, but once it's completed, I will post! i think I'll start with like a simple pillow.....

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Date: 7/9/08 1:17 PM

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Because I did the weaving right side up, so I could control the shading of the fabric colors, I needed to turn it over before fusing

Could you put the interfacing glue side up under the ribbons before you start weaving? That would prevent needing to turn it over.

Joanne

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Date: 7/9/08 5:13 PM

Hi fiberfan,

Yes, I COULD have done it that way, IF I had thought of it!

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Date: 7/9/08 5:39 PM

I have a bunch of ribbons that came on my wedding presents last summer, and I was thinking about doing something similar. My tentative plan was to make a lined bag, and use decorative stitches to hold the ribbons to the lining -- kind of like one of those yarn-tied quilts.

The interfacing idea sounds better. So you would weave and then fuse, right? Do you need to do anything to stabilize it before you weave? It seems like the ribbons would still slip and slide all over the place.

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