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Subject: Pennant Felt as an alternative


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Date Posted: 22:17:42 03/13/01 Tue
In reply to: K 's message, "Other Stiffeners" on 17:45:12 03/10/01 Sat

What are acceptable stiffeners? I have been told that I can use pennant felt from Troy corp and that it will give the same look as vilene at a fraction of the cost. Has anyone used this and are you happy with the results?

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-For the stiffener the pennant fleece looses stiffener fast and does not stand up at all to dry-cleaning . Also heard it sags on damp days. I would invest a little extra and get the good stuff. After all what is another 5 or 10 dollars after all the work you put into your dress

-I got my vilene from Irish Dancer in Maryland and it has worked out nicely.

-Irish threads also has great vilene, Iíve tried others bet theirs is thinner (easier to sew through) but hold up better than the stuff from Irish dancer catalogue. Call Pat at Irish threads, she's fun to talk to anyway! They are in Nova Scotia, Canada. Pat is very helpful and very prompt in replying.

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[> [> Subject: Lampshade material?


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Date Posted: 15:05:06 03/15/01 Thu

I found some interfacing, at a local fabric store, that I used in my first solo costume project. It was lightweight(half the weight of vilene) but stiff and drycleanable. The beauty of it was that it cost $3 per yard, it was 50"wide. It held up so well that I went back to get more for the second solo costume. I thought I needed some more and went back to buy it only to find out that I had bought it all and it was old stock. The supplier had gone out of business a year ago. I managed to finish the costume with what I had without compromising the dress. My daughter is amazed at how light this new dress is compared to her old one, made with Vilene. They told me originally that the interfacing I used was for making lamp shades. I first used it on a school costume to test it out for endurance and it has been terrific. If anyone happens to see this type of interfacing again, would you please post here. I would happily pay for shipping, etc. to get more in the future.
In the meantime I will continue searching for this on the net and locally I will take a sample of it to another fabric store and see if they can order it for me. I guess I'll have to break down and use the heavy Vilene for the next one. Hopefully my girls won't grow out of their costumes until I can find more of this stuff.

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-Was this interfacing the same type of material that the vilene is or was it a mesh type, if you find a source could you let us know I am always looking for different type of material to use. I have seen a type of interfacing(stiffing) that comes from Ireland that looks like a kind of waffle but is real stiff I don't know what it is called and am looking for that one. Does anyone else know what I am talking about?

--(OP)The interfacing I am looking for looks just like regular interfacing only it is a little thicker and stiff as a board.

-Is the waffle like interfacing that you are looking for somewhat thick? I think I have seen that at a fabric store I use. I can't recall it's name, but I will ask when I go in to hunt for my stuff. A friend of mine had them order it and she is using it for school costumes. I'll let you know, if I find either.

-Do you know what brand it was? I could be that it is still available for the industrial market, but not the "home" user. If you can find out exactly what it was/who made it we might be able to track it down.

-I've used something that sounds similar... it's meant for lampshades, but is very light. Do you know the brand name?

-If this stuff was made for lampshades it is highly unlikely that it is drycleanable or washable. I would stick to known reliable products.

--I've tested mine, it's great, lightweight, and saves over $10/metre, I'd go with it any day, even if it breaks with tradition

--I tested it by using it first in my daughters school costume which she wore for a year and we dry clean several times a year. It is just as stiff as it was from day one. Unfortunately the store couldn't give me any info on brand name or supplier

-Just to let you know, I am searching for the sheet that came with mine... I can find the interfacing, but not the info. Argh, sorry, I'm sure it'll turn up.

--I have been wondering, were you able to find this information? I would love to try something else. I need to replace the lining in my daughter's dress, the vilene is too heavy for the silk. Does anyone else have any suggestions? I live in an area where I have to mail-order everything. Thank you so much for all the help, I love this board!

-Perhaps it is styrene. I'd contact www.lampshop.com and either send them a sample or have them send samples to you. This is plastic, so it would be stiff.

-Could it have been either Craft Fuse or Shade Shaper? Both were available in ordinary fabric stores, ie: JoAnn Fabrics. They are fusible, crisp interfacings, but not as stiff as Vilene. I used one of them for my daughter's first solo costume, but changed to vilene for the new one as she wanted it REALLY stiff. Perhaps a less busy fabric store or department store (Walmart) with a craft dept. might still have some.

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