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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dress Difficulties

So, I'm excited about attempting to sew my own dress for my Retro Prom birthday party. There's just once hitch: rumor has it that chiffon is incredibly difficult to sew with.


I read about the difficulties on the internet (how did we ever live without Google? Seriously.). Then I ran into my neighbor and her mom at a vintage shop. Her mom also warned me not to use chiffon.


I really, really like chiffon because it's so fluffy and bouncy. (Yes, I sound pathetic, even to myself.). It just seems to lend itself so well to the type of dress I want to create. Maybe it's because I'm stuck on that yellow dress. I'm having trouble moving beyond it and imaging a different fabric.

Any tricks for sewing with chiffon? Or recommendations about another type of fabric that would work well?

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Gretchen said...

What about using tulle? I don't know that that'd be any easier to sew with but it would give you a similar look. Or if you wanted you could maybe do a layer or two of chiffon over tulle?

No idea if that would actually work, just thought i'd give you some input. I'm totally impressed with your willingness to take on such a cool project!

Emilia Jane said...

What about making a simple A-line dress and then buying the crinoline for underneath. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_16&listing_id=19394781 I know I've seen even cheaper petticoats at second hand shops.

Hadeel said...

Tricks for sewing chiffon? Lots of deep breaths and going very slowly! It IS tricky, but once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place. Just take it slowly, one step at a time, and you shouldn't have too many problems :]

(You could also cheap and make a "shell" for your dress and liquid-stitch/glue the chiffon over it)

Anonymous said...

I don't know, sorry. But I'll be interested in the comments. Because I totally want that yellow dress for my wedding! It's perfect.

Hannah said...

What about Tulle?

SUPERGLUE it!! jk.. of course. That would never work.

Autumn said...

I haven't worked with chiffon, but my mom and I were trying organza for a ruffle we're adding to my wedding dress this weekend, and it was a nightmare. And it's thicker and should be slightly easier to work with than chiffon. Even just trying to cut it straight was difficult, it kept moving (my mom took a piece I gave her and said, "why did you cut it in scallops?" yes, that bad). I'd love to hear what the secret is for sheer fabrics, there must be a way! Good luck!

Cindy said...

I like tissue paper above and below slippery fabrics to keep them from moving around too much, but if you actually sew through them you get to then pick out the tissue from your stitches.

For cutting-out and seams that don't need to be eased, my mom claims she uses starch. I'm not sure I believe her. I think she is just made of sewing magic and won't admit it.

Anonymous said...

Some tips (yes, I know I'm late) Cute carefully and use tissue paper! You can put tissue paper between chiffon layers and it stops the movement. Also, when sewing, use tissue and rip it off! Works like magic!

Kc said...

So I am WAY behind, but I just found your blog. Where is the image from the dress on the top? I love that dress!

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