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« on: October 21, 2009 06:08:50 PM »

So for a sewing class (it's a correspondence class... in case that becomes relevant) I'm making a dress. I want to do it in a champagne, taupey color, and my plan is to do a layer of lace over a layer of something else that's solid, but drapes nicely since I'm doing a small train. So the plan is to get some white lace and white unknown-solid-colored-fabric and dye them. What I need to know is if I can get relatively inexpensive lace that I will be able to dye, so not polyester or otherwise plastic-y, and possibly where I could get this. If you guys could give me suggestions on what kind of fabric I should use for the solid, that would be hugely appreciated too! Thanks!

« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2009 07:12:24 AM »

Lace fabric should be available in any fabric store, in the bridal section. They may already have the color you need, so you won't have to dye it. Any "natural fiber" lace will dye beautifully. Consider tea dying if you want a champagne color. It costs practically nothing. The longer you leave the lace in the tea, the darker it gets, so test often.

As far as the underneath fabric, can you give us some idea of the dress you are making? Does the fabric also need to drape, or can it use some body, such as with a satin or taffeta? Is it long or short?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009 10:50:01 AM »

Okay thank you so much for the advice on the lace!
As for the fabric to go underneath the lace, what I'm making is a strapless dress with a fairly low back, and it's going to be floor length with a small train. I would love to be able to make this with a stretch fabric but I just don't think that would be possible, being strapless with a low back.

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