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Unread 10-17-2004, 11:42 AM   #1
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Question Making a stand-up collar from sheer fabric

Ok. So. Here is my dilemma. For my Terra cape, which I'm sewing up today, I want to add a stand up collar to it. However, it's being made from a sheer white fabric, so heavy interfacing or any kind of weird insert isn't going to work. I was thinking of maybe handsewing the collar piece around a heavy-gauge wire frame, but I'm not sure if this will work or not. I thought about getting white-cased boning, but I have my doubts as the whether it's sturdy enough.

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Unread 10-17-2004, 01:39 PM   #2
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Ok. So. Here is my dilemma. For my Terra cape, which I'm sewing up today, I want to add a stand up collar to it. However, it's being made from a sheer white fabric, so heavy interfacing or any kind of weird insert isn't going to work. I was thinking of maybe handsewing the collar piece around a heavy-gauge wire frame, but I'm not sure if this will work or not. I thought about getting white-cased boning, but I have my doubts as the whether it's sturdy enough.

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With the holidays coming up, there is certain to be a profusion of wire-edged organza ribbon in various widths. Some organza is already stiff enough to stand up on its own without wires, the wire edges give definition to the material. The wire allows the ribbon to be twisted or bent into wavy patterns. Try looking or inquiring at online decoration or trimmings stores.
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Unread 10-17-2004, 02:44 PM   #3
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Hmmmnn,what about spray starch? Or painting a thin coating of glue that dries clear....might give it some stiffness?
try on a scrap first though...
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Unread 10-17-2004, 05:45 PM   #4
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I use "Stiffen Stuff" from time to time. You can spray it on to the fabric and it's stiffer when it dries. I've not used it on anything sheer yet, so you might want to try it out first. They sell it right at Walmart.
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Unread 10-17-2004, 10:52 PM   #5
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A wire frame should work well, as long as you use wire that's strong enough to hold its shape. You can hand-sew the edge of the fabric to the wire, or make the collar two layers and insert the wire between the layers, stitching close to the wire to enclose it.
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Unread 10-18-2004, 01:54 AM   #6
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Arrrgghh...how bad is this????I just got this idea for you when I woke up....why not use that flimsy( but stiff),plastic that they sometimes put in shirt and t shirt bags( to help keep them folded)?...that is thin enough to sew/stick to the sheer fabric,but is also clear.....?
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Unread 10-18-2004, 04:47 AM   #7
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I think you can buy that stuff in sheets... I don't know a good supplier, though. =/
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Unread 10-18-2004, 07:14 AM   #8
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I use sheets (I bought a roll of it) of heat n' bond on things like organza, and it is very stiff as well as clear.
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Unread 10-18-2004, 03:00 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! Turns out even though my chiffon is of the flimsy sort, when I sewed two layers of it together it's stiff enough to support itself. =3
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