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Subject: Stabilizing Poly Shantung and Silk

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Date Posted: 17:06:18 09/15/01 Sat
In reply to: 's message, "Poly Shantung" on 16:38:56 03/11/01 Sun

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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Date Posted: 12:58:40 09/20/01 Thu

This is a silly question but I've been checking out the poly shantung at local fabric stores and some have a real shiny side and then a duller side. Which side do you use--I like both.

-When I finish My daughters dress -- the next dress is for a girl who INTENTIONALLY selected the dull (magenta side) of the Blue Sassy Silk Shantung for the main body of ther dress --with the sleaves using the blue ... kinda threw me for a loop but the combo actually works nicely.

-In my opinion, the dull side of the shantung looks more like silk than the shiny side. I usually go with the dull side and use lots of color in the applique and embroidery.

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