Pictures of fabric and trims in question

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OK, here are some pictures of the fabrics and trims I still have.

As you can see, the two shades of pink hardly contrast with each other. They  
are both very pale, although you can see a difference when you look at them  
in real world. The lighter shade is almost white, one see the pink only from  
certain angles.

The second picture shows how thin they are. Very! I put them both into the  
washing machine right now, just in case, remembering the 2.0 x 1.4 m of  
linen knit that came out after washing as 1.5 x 1.1 m, all for the fantastic  
price of almost 50,- ?.

If you would like to take a look at picture 1, you can see from top to  

1.) tacky poly lace, white, a bit stiff, about 3 inches/ 7 cm wide, got 5 m/  
5 1/2 yards of it. The question is: will the stiffness go with washing as  
tulle tends to get softer? Can the lace be dyed? If so, which colour?

2.) Satin bias binding, not much of it, perhaps two meters. Doesn't really  
go with any of the two fabrics but doesn't slap you in the face, either, if  
you know what I mean.

3.) elastic lace, 18 cm/ 7 in. wide, might go with the darker of two fabrics  
as an insert around the midriff. Would need to get matching bias binding for  
the neckline perhaps.

4.) Broderie anglaise, ca. 7 cm/3 in. wide. Definitely dyable; again, which  
colour? Could be fitted with satin ribbon.

I'm pretty certain about the burgundy elastic lace; that might be used, but  
I'm afraid I'll have to get something for the paler pink stuff. Dang, and I  
had hoped to get rid of some of my stashed laces... ;-)

U.  - input very welcome!  

Re: Pictures of fabric and trims in question
On 11/08/2014 1:26 AM, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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In my opinion, any of those would work depending on where/how you choose  
to use them.  The satin bias binding, I'd use in combination with one of  
the others.

And my default position when I'm in doubt is to use trim in a band  
across the front of the chest between the armhole edges in some way.

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Personally I like the bottom one best.

Claire in Montreal FRANCE

Re: Pictures of fabric and trims in question
Hello again, Kay,

since this mail doesn't contain any delicate intimacies, I didn't see any  
reason to withhold it from the newsgroup and took the liberty to post your  
reply here. I hope you don't mind.

Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 3:54 AM
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By this time, I have made up my mind to use # 3 in combination with satin  
bias binding in a matching colour for the darker pink.

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Actually, yes, after the method described in 'The Complete Guide to Sewing',  
which I personally think is nothing short of ingenious. However, in this  
case I'd rather take the easy way out since you can get bias tape for little  
money in many colours while for making it myself, I'd have to get the fabric  
first. Too much work in this case.

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A good idea, too, but I'm afraid I need the bias tape for stability. I made  
a sketch of what I have in mind and will scan and upload it as soon as I get  
round to it. Then you will see what I mean.

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Funny that you mention it; I had bought that lace for a nightgown in the  
style of a peasant blouse on which the neckline was intended to be just that  
way. And I think I'll do it, too, in the near future.

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Interesting idea, bookmarked in my mind for future use. ;-) However,  
fortunately, the fabric didn't shrink too much. Still, I wish I hadn't done  
it, it lost pretty much shape and will be one hell to cut, I'm afraid, and I  
won't starch it.

Well, again, thank you for sharing your knowledge. I love input from  
experienced people, although I do take the liberty to modify it to suit my  
taste and needs. I'll keep you posted where this all will lead me.


Re: Pictures of fabric and trims in question
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Not at all.  I just accidentally set it up for mailing to you instead of
replying to the group.

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Ah, the commonly available commercial bias binding here is a cotton/polyester
broadcloth, fairly coarse, and not as many colors as I seem to recall from
my early sewing experience.  I usually reserve commercial bias binding for
jobs like putting binding around the edge of a potholder.  

There are also bias tape folders available: cut the bias strips, feed them  
through the folder, and iron the emerging tape as you pull more through.  
Those I use more often than I buy bias binding.
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Shell tucks, even though they're soft, do tend to firm up an edge.  Perhaps  
not as much as piping does, but a fair amount firmer.

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Lay out the knit single ply on paper and let it crawl around for several hours
so that it relaxes and goes on grain.  Then pin the knit to the paper and cut
all layers together. You'll be able to get accurately cut pieces that way.  
This is an excellent technique for stabilizing soft fabrics for cutting,  
knits or woven.

Whenever possible, I buy a little extra fabric so I can prewash a large square
(15-20 cm on a side) and then calculate the shrinkage of that square.  Often,  
it's easier for me to alter the pattern to adjust for expected shrinkage  
than it is for me to deal with having to press and lay out fabric that
no longer has sizing in it.
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Of course you should modify to suit your needs and tastes!   That's the fun  
of sewing!


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