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Hello ! I would like to ask for advices. I am making a strapless empire line dress and I would like to overlay the bust part with tulle to add some textures. I gathered the tulle and placed it horizontally across the bust and around to the back. I want the gathered tulle to stay the way it is and I decided to hand tack it on random spots. It didn’t turn out as nice as I imagined and looks rather messy because of the tiny dots of threads i used for tacking.

Here’s a picture that shows how I want my tulle to be, just like the skirt part of the picture.


Do you have any suggestions on what I should do to make it neater? If I can’t tack it ramdomly, where exactly do I have to tack it? Or is there any other technique to make the tulle overlay stays?

Thank you in advance so much! :)


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    Mar 8, 2012, 04.44 PMby ariation


    It sounds as though the tulle may not be stretched sufficiently to lay flat. Perhaps try to cut the measurement exact so it will be stretched tightly into place over the lining. Don’t leave any extra room

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      Mar 9, 2012, 11.36 AMby Ciella

      Oh, the link doesn’t work.
      I see.. I’ll try! Thank you !

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      Mar 9, 2012, 02.09 PMby Ciella

      I put my foundation garment on the mannequin and I tried to stretch the tulle on top of the foundation, pin and in the end baste along the seam allowances.
      But then when I take the foundation along with the tulle off the mannequin the tulle curls my foundation.. Did i do it wrong? or is it supposed to be like that? Please help,thanks.

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    Mar 9, 2012, 02.32 PMby sewingfan1

    I’m pretty sure i saw someone say once before that as long as the effect is as you want it when the item is being worn/is on the mannequin then you shouldn’t worry what it looks like/how it hangs on the hanger.

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    Mar 9, 2012, 05.52 PMby katexxxxxx

    I think that would have been me… And it’s perfectly correct. :)

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      Mar 9, 2012, 06.49 PMby sewingfan1

      ;-) see, I do learn some things!

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      Mar 9, 2012, 10.14 PMby katexxxxxx

      We all learn stuff here. It’s such a fun place to sew! ;)

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    Mar 10, 2012, 01.27 AMby Ciella

    Now I think I don’t have to redo anything :P Thanks a lot ! :)

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