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Subject: Help, ladies, I need suggestions! I'm a SNDM, I've made a lot of dresses, but recently made my first sequin dress. Thankfully, it was for dd as I always experiement on her first. It's got sequins in bottom 2/3 of bodice and in skirt, with twinkle satin at top of bodice and sleeves. She's worn it 3 or 4 times and the sequins have snagged the fabric of the sleeve all the way from cuff to underarm seam so badly that the sleeve is all puckered up and several inches shorter than it used to be!

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Date Posted: Monday, September 16, 12:45:18pm

I need to replace the sleeves in time for the next feis in two weeks. I have just enough of the satin to make two new sleeves. The question is what to do differently this time so that the fabric isn't damaged in the same way again. I considered replacing the sleeves with something more sturdy, but I can't think of anything that would match the dress and not look like an obvious replacement.
The only thing I have come up with is to cover the new sleeve entirely in a matching color of tulle, and then to put no embroidery on it as the embroidery snags also, of course! But I'm wondering if the tulle will snag on the sequins also? Should I try two layers of tulle? I saw a couple of BNDM dresses at NANS with tulle covering the entire sleeve and couldn't figure out why they'd do that until this happened to me, and now I think I know!
Does anyone have any other ideas?
thanks so much!

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I take it they are the large flat sequins? They trash twinkle satin. I don't mix the two now. Small sequins don't seem to do the same damage. But to fix this, tack netting to the sequins down the side back panels to stop them rubbing when she is dancing and put something on her when waitning to dance with sleeves, like a hoodie. (NT)That has seemed to work for the dresses I've made.Monday, September 16, 03:30:55pm

I use two layers of netting/tulle on the inside arms of the dress:) (NT)SNDMTOOMonday, September 16, 04:46:53pm

I have also used tulle, but have found it also snags. I now use Opsite Flexigrid Dressing -, it is a burn dressing, just put it on the sequin, it cant be seen on stage and works really well. (NT)DMMonday, September 16, 06:04:01pm

Thank you ladies, I appreciate the help. I'll try covering both the sleeves and the sequins on the sides of the bodice. (NT)thanks!Friday, September 20, 02:21:15pm

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