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Subject: Stiffiner in Skirt technique

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Date Posted: 14:03:41 04/03/01 Tue
In reply to: 's message, "Other panel problems/techniques" on 13:27:34 04/03/01 Tue

Overlock the panels and stiffner together before sewing the panels together, this also makes the dress easier to work with.it allows you to stretch the material over the stiffiner and this evens out any bumps the embroidery creates. Use two layers of stiffiner for the box pleat and one in the rest of the skirt.

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Date Posted: 17:16:17 09/15/01 Sat

I have used the Irish Threads pattern with good results. However, I now see that alot of dresses pleat the front instead of the side panels. The look is basically the same, except the seam is in the pleat instead of at the side of the front panel. This seems nicer to me. So, my question, is what pattern does this, and would the irish threads work to this is the front panel is cut wider and the sides narrower?

-Yes Irish Threads pattern would work this way. just transfer the half of the pleat to the front panel PATM

-In the Irish threads dresses, the pleat in front is formed by folding the side panels under the front about 1/2 way. In the dress I described above, the front panel is cut wider and folded to create the two side pleats. This makes a smoother looking front panel because there is no seam there. OP

-Sounds like a good idea, unless you want piping along the sides of the front panel. I have been piping the bodice princess seams of my daughter's dresses and continuing it down the sides of the front panel. Gives a nice vertical line to the dress and helps to unify the design.

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