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How to finish a lacy fabric?
Trying to come up with a finishing technique for a lacy fabric.
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Date: 7/18/10 1:07 PM

Hi all. I fell in love with a beautiful lacey fabric. Of course, I bought it with the idea of making a blouse to wear over a camisole or a lined blouse. Now I'm wondering what the best technique for finishing edges will be. Any ideas? I tried to download a picture but I don't know how to do it here.

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Date: 7/18/10 1:47 PM

I'd just turn it under to make a small hem or sew a strip of matching organza to the hemline and turn that under and hem.

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Date: 7/18/10 6:20 PM

You could stitch a matching(or contrasting)bias on your edge and turn it under. Are you talking about finishing the seam edges or the hem? I've seen a lace edging added to some "lacey" fabrics as a hem finish.

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Date: 7/18/10 7:44 PM

Does it have selvedges that are straight or formed by the lace? If the latter, you can cut it on the crossgrain with the hemline of the blouse on the edge. If its straight than what's already been mentioned will work.

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Date: 7/18/10 9:18 PM

Great ideas so far. I'm talking about the hemline and the neckline and sleeves. I think I might have a hard time matching the fabric for a RTW bias tape. I could try cutting on the cross grain and using the selvage for a hem. I could use a rolled hem for the sleeve but I'm not sure about the neckline. I was thinking I could use the leftover selvage but that won't work because their isn't enough stretch. I'm wondering if I could face it.
I tried to download a picture of the fabric but when I click on Image or http I get this message that I need to enter a URL. I don't see where I'm supposed to enter the URL. Has this happened to anyone else. Any ideas?

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Date: 7/18/10 9:44 PM

Marcy Tilton has some interesting ideas that involve trimming edges with strips of her cotton tulle. You might enjoy scrolling through a bunch of her tees and tops for inspiration.

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Date: 7/18/10 10:51 PM

I would look for a coordinating/matching trim (either a lace or maybe something with some light embellishment on it) to do the edges in. There are so many gorgeous trims out there!

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Date: 7/19/10 11:06 AM

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I tried to download a picture of the fabric but when I click on Image or http I get this message that I need to enter a URL. I don't see where I'm supposed to enter the URL. Has this happened to anyone else. Any ideas?


You need to upload your pictures to somewhere on the web to link them here. Flickr, Picasa web galleries, a blog, anything like that. Then you can put in the URL of where the picture is stored, and it will insert the html code to link the image into the post. Not the slickest way to do it ever, but it works. Paid members have an image storage gallery on PatternReview, too, but you would still have to upload the image to your gallery and then put in the link there.

hope that helps. Good luck with your blouse! (I like the idea of a lace hem tape)
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Date: 7/24/10 9:44 AM

I have always found a matching lace trim and used that to finish hems. This has worked for me since the '70's (anyone remember the Stevie Nicks look? I used discarded tablecloths from the ritz to knock off her look.)

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