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Subject: Hi I just finished a dress for my DD-all twinkle satin (more)

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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 08:09:45am
In reply to: Donna 's message, "Layers and skirt structure" on Saturday, November 17, 02:23:00pm

It is really easy to work with. I used 2 layers because it is so sheer. It is 100% nylon, be careful with your iron, it scorches easily. I used satin pins, any pin holes disappeared with one pass of the iron. I individually lined each piece of the bodice, serged a white base fabric to the two layers of twinkle to get the color we wanted. Since the twinkle is so sheer, the base color can change the look of the twinkle. I did the appliqué and then stitched it to the bodice/base. I have used a fusible interfacing on other dresses, I didn't like how it worked with the twinkle-made it bubble. Others have used other types of adhesives, I avoidedthem altogether. I did the skirt with a non stiffened yoke/base of the same cotton fabric I used for the bodice base. I used two layers of twinkle for each tier of a pleated 3tier skirt. I attached a single layer of gathered white satin and net to the yoke bottom to give the skirt shape. The belt is v shaped and is stiffened with extra heavy pelon. This gave the skirt enough fluff and the belt holds the skirt out to give it the Irish dance dress shape. The only negative we found with the twinkle is when the edges were serged to the base, they are prickly. I ended up bag lining the bodice and sleeves so there aren't any exposed seams to scratch at my dancer. The fabric takes a close satin stitch, beware that you may go too tight and cut the fabric-that happened on one of the appliqués. I'll have to glue it down or add a crystal.
Hope this helps!

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Would love to see a picture! (NT)LynnOHTuesday, November 20, 10:41:14am

Thank you so much for the comprehensive reply. I was planning to use a royal blue twinkle satin, but now may have a change of plans (as you do). I thought interfacing would be a problem, so two layers is a great idea. (NT)DonnaTuesday, November 20, 01:19:29pm

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