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Date: 9/3/12 8:12 PM

I am about to cut out the skirt of a chiffon overlay for a bridesmaids dress. Bit scary as I need the dress to fall with a full skirt so planned to use a gathered waist half circle - very scared of cutting out and sewing on the cross in chiffon anyone got any pointers?

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Date: 9/4/12 6:53 AM

I have found two things helpful in working with sheer fabrics. I find that getting an a accurate cut is difficult as the fabric will shift and move. I use tissue paper on the cutting table and pin the fabric and pattern pieces to the tissue. I keep the pinned pieces attached to the tissue until I sew the pieces. You can see a photo here Cutting Fabric

I have difficulty getting a nice stitch, so I spray starch the area of the stitch line only. This makes stitching much easier. Make sure to only starch were you are stitching.
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Date: 9/5/12 5:48 PM

Hi NVK
I'm curious about the spray starch question. I have cans of spray starch that I purchased a few years ago and never used.

Do you happen to know how long spray starch in a can stay okay for using - does the chemical consistency change after awhile.

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Date: 9/5/12 6:44 PM

My MOB dress was a late 1990s Vogue design by Tom & Linda Platt. KIt was cut on the bias. The instructions has the sewer use 1" strips of tissue paper (cut to the length of the pattern piece seam) pinned along the seam line when sewing the seam. You then pulled the tissue paper from the seam line when the seam was sewn. Doing this meant that the seam was stable during the sewing process. HTH

ETA I was using a light weight silk crepe.
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Date: 9/5/12 11:06 PM

Search the board for the gelatin tip for chiffon (links not so good from my mobile phone). Although I haven't tried it yet, it has rave reviews...

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Date: 9/7/12 10:35 PM

Use a stabilizer spray. Spray the entire fabric before you cut. Let it dry and then cut your pattern. It washes out and makes the chiffon easier to handle for sewing. Test it first on a scrap.

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Date: 9/8/12 1:03 PM

Quote: Puddeetat
Use a stabilizer spray. Spray the entire fabric before you cut. Let it dry and then cut your pattern. It washes out and makes the chiffon easier to handle for sewing. Test it first on a scrap.

Can you tell us more about stabalizer spray? I'd like to look into it.

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