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Topic: Fleece and Brocade Cowl with Brocade Question  (Read 645 times)
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« on: April 22, 2014 11:14:30 PM »

I'm slowly learning how to sew (after years of having a sewing machine) and have been adding to my ridiculously huge collection of scarves. I found this tutorial a while ago and have been itching to try it out. It worked like a charm! I only cut one piece of each fabric as opposed to the two pieces they recommended, but I had the yardage to do so. Otherwise, it came out really well and I love wearing it.

For more of my warbling and the tutorial link, check out the original post: http://fanofstuff.com/brocade-and-fleece-cowl/

Otherwise, do anyone have more tips for sewing brocade? It unravels like crazy and I used a zig-zag stitch to prevent that, but I'm not sure what else I could do. Also, my mom said what I used wasn't actually brocade. Any idea what it is then? It was in that section so I just assumed. I'd love to make more with this type of fabric, but I'm having trouble finding any advice other than to interface the whole thing, but I thought that would end up too stiff.

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014 06:26:06 AM »

It turned out quite lovely!  Have you tried Fray Check?  It is almost like a glue that stops fabrics like this from fraying too much...it is because of the way this fabric is woven and the fact that is is probably a rayon-acetate/acrylic blend...I love the color and the feel of these fabrics, but they do fray a lot!  It might not be a true brocade, but I think in most of the major fabric stores, it is found under brocade...look at the back...does the design show a lot of threads in back? Who care, really...you like it no matter what it is, so use it! Grin

The only thing about fray check is that it does get a bit stiff but since it is inside and not against your skin, it would work fine.  I wouldn't interface it for a scarf but I have used this fabric for lining purses and used a very stiff interfacing.

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014 08:40:34 AM »

You could use french seams.
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014 04:40:57 PM »

Thanks for the tips! I think I have some Fray Check that I got when I got my sewing machine, but I've never actually used it. I'll have to look up and see what a french seam is, but I guess any seam would be helpful.

For tutorials, recipes, and patterns, check out my website: Fanofstuff.com.

For handmade gifts and accessories, visit my Etsy shop: Etsy.com/shop/ZyloHandmade

Also find me on pinterest at /fanofstuff or /zylohandmade!
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