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« on: May 01, 2008 12:28:22 PM »

I was thinking about using some horsehair braiding on the hem of my dress to give it a little extra body (i think thats the word i'm looking for)
The fabric I am using for the dress is cotton or cotton blend, but it has a LOT of drape.  I'm afraid that the hem will just lay flat w/o the help of a petticoat.  I don't care for petticoats.
So, my question is: Has anyone used braiding and have any suggestions or comments about the stuff?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008 05:00:03 PM »

They still make stiff hem stuff but it's a woven plastic/ polyester fiber instead of horse hair Smiley

I've only used it once, and for the effect I was going for, it worked. It works on things that don't 'drape' as much, I found on the soft rayon it stuck out funky but the light cotton batiste (like gingham) it worked great.

You can always get some & test it on a scrap of your skirt fabric.
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