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I’m wondering if anyone knows what type of fabric would work best for this design? It’s a picture my friend drew of us wearing cabbage dresses. (Somehow we came to refer to each other as lovely cabbages, don’t ask haha)

I’m thinking something light weight or flowing but I’m not sure how to get the ripple effect. I thought sunray pleats would work well but I haven’t been able to find any fabric that is pre-pleated in these colors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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    Oct 19, 2013, 10.26 AMby katexxxxxx

    I’d use something stiffer, like organza, and couch down some hefty yarns with a machine embroidery thread.

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      Oct 25, 2013, 07.07 AMby sugardoll

      I’m sorry but I’m not sure what “couch down” means?

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    Oct 25, 2013, 08.25 AMby katexxxxxx

    This video, while really an ad for the thread brand, explains and shows machine couching nicely. You don’t have to use a fancy Bernina machine. You may need to purchase a new sewing machine foot to cope with some yarns or thicker threads, or some of the Facet type threads in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DEvgwzKPUR8

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    Oct 26, 2013, 11.34 PMby purplefan

    I’m tempted to suggest seeing what fabric finds in the drapery department might be good for the project. Faux /fake silk or something that resembles shantung silk or any crisp lightweight fabric with a bit of slub/veinlike surface texture to give that cabbage leaf look>there are usually sale fabrics to check out or wait for a drapery sale. The fabrics are lightweight and have some body-you’d have to buy some and make test cabbage leaves-probably try cutting some varying strips on the bias then sewing the seams together. As for the outer edges of the leaves—isn’t the bridal veil trick to use fishing line in the hem to help the hem develop those cascading edges seen in veils? You might want to make the main leaves out of the silk-like crisp fabric then add a lighter sheer fabric like that used for drapery sheers-some colours and patterns do exist-for an overlayer of leaves. The dresses in the image remind me of cosplay outfits based on Japanese anime characters similar to Sailor Moon & her company.

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