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Date: 7/10/13 5:55 PM

Does anyone have tips, advice, or suggestions on applying ready-made iron-on appliques?

I bought this to embellish a linen Renaissance gown I'm making. It arrived today, and it's beautiful! It's going to save me a gazillion hours of hand embroidery I am perfectly cable of doing myself.

Here's a better shot from the etsy listing:


It is a little wrinkled from shipping, but I'm hoping a couple days under a heavy book will sort most of that out, and the iron will do the rest. It's supposedly iron-on and washable/dry-cleanable (I will probably hand wash/line dry the gown, but it may occasionally be steamed in the dryer). I've kind of worked with these before--but only quickly tacked on to kids' fleece capes or something. Not a committment. It cost a fair enough amount, was the only one she had, and is pretty enough that I'd like to get it right. :)

No instructions came with it, but my instinct is to hand tack it down to the linen, then press it on to secure it more firmly (as if it were fusible interfacing), and then probably tack it down a little more (metal-thread appliques were actually fairly common in the Renaissance, so a few strategic hand-stitches are in order!). Does this sound about right?

Anything else I should know?

Thanks!!

ETA to clarify that I know the difference between ironing and pressing!


-- Edited on 7/10/13 5:57 PM --

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Date: 7/11/13 4:02 PM

Wow - that is absolutely stunning. I've only added a few appliques to garments and none as delicate as the one you have. However, I have done exactly what you described, so I think you are okay to go. Good luck with the project. Please post the finished outfit when you have completed your work. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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Date: 7/12/13 1:31 AM

Thanks! I do think it's awfully pretty, and was *very* proud of myself for the idea (I was auditioning simple embroidery patterns when I had the inspiration)! I only have about 6 weeks to put the gown together, so I need to minimize the opportunities for me to Plan Too Many Things. :b

I wish she'd had another for me to practice on! I wonder if I should look for a cheaper iron-on at Michaels/HL/JA for tests (and instructions!). I feel reasonably confident forging ahead with most fusibles without instructions, but a couple recent embellishment projects absolutely required tests, so....

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Date: 7/12/13 6:26 AM

I would be tempted to fasten the four outside corners with invisible thread, just one stitch, after you have it ironed on. The outsides are the most likely to catch on something or peel off, if they are safe, the rest will be safe. And please do post a picture of the your finished project, I always love to look at them.

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Date: 7/12/13 10:31 AM

How about using a glue stick on some strategic spots and then place it on your fabric. Then turn the fabric over onto a towel (think pressing velvet) or something with pile. Use a pressing cloth press to fix in place. Then do the hold stitch/embellish thing.

-- Edited on 7/12/13 10:32 AM --

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