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« on: May 12, 2009 02:30:01 AM »

i just made a gorgeous dress that i'm in love with (although it's not yet hemmed and has no straps). it's very form-fitting, so i'd like to add boning to smooth out my figure. what's the best way to attach the boning? the dress itself is just basic quilter's cotton, and i haven't decided if i want to use cheap plastic boning from joann's, or something more substantial, like heavy duty cable ties.

btw, the dress is very similar to this: http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/swingdress.html, but it's kelly green instead of red.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009 05:58:39 AM »

If you get the kind from Joann's, I think you can sew right over it, and attach it directly.  Otherwise, you could sew it into your seam allowances, if they're big enough, or use bias tape to create boning channels (that's probably what I'd do).

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009 06:01:56 AM »

well, the seams on my dress aren't all vertical (i have a waistband round the middle, and the darts on the bust don't like up with the seams in the skirt), plus i'd rather not have the boning be noticeable from the outside, but maybe i could add a lining? i'm not sure how i'd attach it though since i don't want to line the whole thing.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009 06:51:54 AM »

You can just line the top part where you want to add the boning.  You would have to sew it aroung the top of the dress but I think so that it wouldn't 'ride' up you might have to take the bottom of the lining to the dress. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009 05:34:47 PM »

You could do it how they did it in the olden days and just wear a girdle underneath. Boning can be kind of bumpy on thin fabric.
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