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« on: July 07, 2007 07:10:47 PM »

Inspired by this (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=180032.0) tutorial, I went out and bought myself some cheapish dark blue silk imitation fabric during Joann's latest sale.

The fabric itself was a pain, being 100% polyester (oh so hot!) and stringy. I don't know how to combat the unraveling on the inside...I would love some potential solutions.

Also, the arm holes are awkard.. they don't allow me to raise my arms without raising the whole dress. Other than that, I'm loving it Smiley

Comments and advice are always helpful!

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2007 07:17:11 PM »

not sure about the unraveling, but maybe you could make the sleeves abit wider? not too sure myself =X
but i love the dress.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2007 07:19:57 PM »

Sooooo pretty!  Maybe you could make them butterfly type sleeves to help with the dress riding up problem. Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2007 07:33:26 PM »

Having just finished my first project with polyester, I feel you on the "unraveling" front. I'd have lost my mind if it wasn't for that liquid seam stuff -- it's a clear liquid you squeeze along the edges of the fabric and it stops it from unraveling. (The top I was making still didn't fit me but at least the insides aren't unraveling... Embarrassed)
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2007 08:02:51 PM »

I love the dress! cutting the fabric with pinking shears may help with the unraveling, so will finishing the edges with a loose zigzag stitch.
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2007 03:58:44 AM »

Gorgeous colour (and dress)! Perhaps you could make a slit in the top part of the sleeves so they become flutter sleeves which would allow you to move your arms more freely.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2007 10:32:18 AM »

i love that color fabric! good job!
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2007 12:16:27 PM »

It's so cute. Maybe you could line it with some kind of comfy cotton. It might not breathe better, I don't know, but it would probably feel better on your skin. As for unraveling, the liquid seam stuff someone mentioned works magic!

And the sleeves, hmm. If you have enough leftover fabric to make bigger sleeves, you could cut them entirely off behing the seam and make the arm hole wider(is it that armhole that's too small?) and then add new sleeves. If it's the outside armhole that's too small, you could still do basically the same thing or to make your life easier you could just cut the seam of the sleeve itself and add more fabric in there.

« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2007 01:14:12 PM »

Thanks everyone for the comments & suggestions! I'll definitely be googling that liquid seam stuff soon.. it sounds like a godsend!

I think the sleeveholes are too small.. I mean, my arm fits through fine, but they're not big enough to lift them up comfortably. Huh

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2007 05:53:04 PM »

Really cute dress! for the seams not that it would help now but next time you are working with yucky fabric like this just do a french seam. It is a little more time consuming but is worth it in the long run. Also you can just bind all the edges on the inside but that will most likely take away from the drape  of the dress. Great job though, I am sure you will get lots of wear out of it!

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