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Subject: Would you recommend Poly Shantung?

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Date Posted: 14:41:49 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to: 's message, "Poly Shantung" on 16:38:56 03/11/01 Sun

I'm an advanced beginner and have plans to make my solo dress when i get into novice so that it will be done hopefully by the time I get into prizewinner. I'm going to do mostly applique and use the seven gates design book. Anyway I saw on Antonio Pacelli's webpage that a new fabric for dresses is shantung satin. I've seen this material before and liked it a lot but am wondering how it would come out for a solo dress.

-Poly shantung is a nice fabric to work with. There are a wide range of colors available, but not as many as in silk. It is a fashion fabric and is limited to some degree by what is "in". It is a washable fabric, and does not stain as easily as silk. It has a nice sheen, and a shine on the reverse, that is nice for an accent. It is longwearing ang relatively inexpensive. It is made to resemble silk, which is why I have been comparing them. The silk comes in a wider variety of colors, which are very rich. This is their most appealing feature. The silk is also easier to steam any imperfections out of. I do not think that the silk wears as well, it can stain terribly if sweat gets on it.

-I agree with the above post. My daughter's newest solo dress is poly shantung and I've been very pleased. Easy fabric to work with, wears well and looks great on stage. Color selection is limited in local stores, but a wide variety are available on special order. Will be ordering some to make a new solo dress for my younger daughter in time for next year's oireachtas. I don't plan to go back to velvet anytime soon.

-Where do you get your poly shantung? I've tried to find some sources, but can only find it in silk. I made my daughters dress in raw silk and had a few problems with it "buckling" when I did some applique..I probably didn't put enough backing. I can't say how the "silk" is wearing because she has only worn the dress three times. I'm not sure I'd use silk again, but the range of colors is tempting.

--Joann Fabrics often has poly shantung. The quality is nice and is consistent, something that cannot be guaranteed in silks. Also, as to the wear, I have heard of silk dresses showing wear after three times, so you must have gotten a good one!

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Date Posted: 17:06:18 09/15/01 Sat

I'm making a velvet and poly shantung dress. Since I haven't used the poly shantung before much less together with velvet, I was wondering if I should back the shantung with cotton or not (like I would an applique). It will be the middle of the princess on top and center section on the skirt as well as the bottom of the skirt and cape. Thanks for any help you can give!

-You will definitely need to stabilize the shantung. I use a 'sew-on' interfacing on all pieces of fabric, even the pieces I don't do any applique/embroidery on.......serge the two layers together so your working with one layer. I've tried the iron-on interfacing but found that it 'bubbled' as I worked my applique etc.

-I use HTC cotton fusible and haven't had any problems with it. I use it for silk also.

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