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I’ve got a royal blue lace appliqué on Ivory Duchess Satin and it looks great. Issue is the thread shows through the lining on the other side because it’s blue and the lining is white/slightly transparent. Not a major headache…just wondering if anyone has any ideas of tips to disguise it a bit more.

Changing the lining for a thicker material is not an option FYI – for various reasons.

I was thinking of using white tailors chalk and drawing over the thread…but it might brush off.

The piece won’t be machine washed (but may be dry cleaned at some point).


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  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Jan 3, 2012, 02.17 PMby sewingfan1

    Would it work if you sewed a white “patch” on the back of the applique? Not that I’ve ever used Tailors’ chalk but I’m sure it would come off as I thought it was used as a temporary marker.

  • Threadbanger_av_large

    Jan 3, 2012, 04.27 PMby blueshoegal

    White stitches would show through onto the surface of the silk (or in the blue applique).

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Jan 3, 2012, 04.42 PMby sewingfan1

    Ahh.. how about if you did a blue upper thread and a white lower thread or what about an iron on patch? Or maybe I’m not fully picturing the problem right, I’m kind of seeing a small applique but now on re-reading your post, is it actually a blue lace dress and the lining is in semi opaque white so that it shows through on the outside all over through the gaps in the lace but you can actually see all of the lace on the inside through the lining and that’s what you don’t want? Sorry if I’m being thick.

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    • Threadbanger_av_large

      Jan 4, 2012, 01.18 PMby blueshoegal

      Hand sewing not machine sewing – the lace is too detailed to sew by machine.

      The thing I’m appliquéing is the hem of a ball gown

  • Cute-animals-11-300x261_large

    Jan 3, 2012, 05.25 PMby TheRoseKnows

    I could help you but could you maybe describe it a little more? Or post a picture????

  • Patti_12-28-2011_large

    Jan 3, 2012, 05.36 PMby patti-r

    How about a Hong Kong Seam method?

    See if one of these may help: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/fcs2/fcs2304/fcs2304.pdf

    Agree the information is a little vague.

    OOPS: Just re read this can the applique be removed and as Sewingfan suggested apply a layer of lining fabric under the applique it self use invisible thread to attach ??

  • Threadbanger_av_large

    Jan 4, 2012, 01.20 PMby blueshoegal

    how on earth do I post a picture? I don’t see an option to do that anywhere. I can;t post it elsewhere online and link here…it’s for my wedding dress and my H2B will see it

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    • 20596winter_20fairy_large

      Jan 4, 2012, 01.43 PMby sewingfan1

      You could upload a picture to your “studio” on this website as though it’s a project of yours, I’ve never worked out another way. Could you maybe do a sketch of the “problem” rather than a picture of the actual thing so h2b doesn’t c?

      Invisible thread you should be able to get easily online or from a haberdashery store. I’ve got some in my stash that I haven’t used as yet so I don’t know what it’s like to work with, it feels kind of like a very fine plastic wire.

  • Threadbanger_av_large

    Jan 4, 2012, 01.21 PMby blueshoegal

    invisible thread?

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  • Threadbanger_av_large

    Jan 4, 2012, 01.21 PMby blueshoegal

    thank you all for your suggestions btw

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Jan 4, 2012, 01.56 PMby sewingfan1

    “Hand sewing not machine sewing – the lace is too detailed to sew by machine. The thing I’m appliquéing is the hem of a ball gown”

    Hmmmm, so patti-r’s suggestion may be the best bet – ie invisible thread. Or is there some kind of fabric glue or bonding thing that can be used on delicate fabrics so you could glue it on? Or could you put a layer of matching colour blue ribbon (or even a reverse layer of the lace) on the inside of the hem so it works as a feature and could actually be useful for weighting the edge down( so you’d be sewing through 3 layers – the lace, the lining, the ribbon/2nd lace piece)? Or if you wanted to get really fancy, sew the lace on by hand in such a neat way following out some of the pattern of the lace so it actually looks like intentional embroidery in blue on the inside of the hem. That would actually look gorgeous when you’re sitting down for example and the inside bottom edge may be visible. :-)

  • Threadbanger_av_large

    Jan 5, 2012, 01.21 PMby blueshoegal

    I’ve only got the one picture on me (I’m not at home), but this should give a bit of an idea of what it looks like:http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/applique

    It has already been sewn (mostly)…I’m not looking at a way of doing it invisibly at this stage (it would mean unpicking days and days of work and starting from stratch). If I could go back and use the invisible thread I would! *kicks self

    The bit that you can see in the image will be attached to the bottom of the dress. The stitching is visible on the underneath, because the lining fabric is not thick. (I’ll take some more images this evening).

  • Patti_12-28-2011_large

    Jan 5, 2012, 03.45 PMby patti-r

    Hi Claire, Sorry your having so many issues. Think what confused most of us we thought it was an actual applique or motifs, did not realize you were creating the applique.

    That looks like your using an Alencon Lace with scalloped edges, Whew a lot of work.

    Could you add a whole facing strip to the back of your border?? You may have to press the bottom seam allowance and hand stitch, the top part would be included in the seam allowance that attaches the border to the dress. Hope this is clearer than mud..

    Hope this is helping, got my fingers crossed for you. Sending you Big Hugs, Patti

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Jan 5, 2012, 05.55 PMby sewingfan1

    Gosh! What a lot of work you’re putting in to it, you’ll have to make sure you hold on to it after the wedding as an heirloom and pass it down to someone! Sure it will look beautiful! Patti-r’s facing strip idea sounds good.

  • Threadbanger_av_large

    Jan 10, 2012, 12.14 PMby blueshoegal

    Tell me about it! there are 22meters in total and it takes around an hour to do one bit. I’ve loaded some more pictures up on the project page on my wall.

    It’s not Alencon Lace btw – it’s from a piece of lace material (I couldn’t find any Alencon that I liked that was blue…and I didn’t want to get into dying it!)

  • Purplefan_large

    Jan 12, 2012, 02.40 AMby purplefan

    Perhaps for future applique work, do a test sample using Japanese silk thread? I’ve had to use it to hand-applique a quilt block for a project some months ago. The thread is fine and depending on how your stitches are done (if they are not seen on the lace), you probably could use a light coloured thread closer to a light lining colour next time.

    (Maybe for a special occasion dress for Christmas or first anniversary, you can try the thread?)

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