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Hey, I’m currently sewing my little sister’s Prom dress, based off this dress. She wants it pretty true to the original, and I’m not totally sure how to get the hem to curl the way the model dress does.

I’ve come up with 2 solutions, but they could both be totally wrong (I hope not): 1. Just do a rolled hem, tulle is stiff enough to curl on its own, or 2. You have to put a thin wire in, either by encasing it in a narrow hem or by rolling the tulle around and gluing it.

Has anybody done this before and could share some expertise? My sister and I really appreciate the help :)



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    Mar 29, 2010, 11.20 AMby katensew

    I must admit it looks wired ! I have achieved similar BUT with stretch fabrics and serging ( rolled hem edging ) and stretching the fabric as you sew, so I am not altogether sure how this works. I do hope that you have spare fabric to play around with. They maybe used a florists wire ??

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    Mar 29, 2010, 01.38 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    well, it’s definitely a rolled hem…..i would use a stretchy nylon serging thread, it should give you better coverage and make a nicer looking hem. tulle does have a bit of stretch, just not enough to matter most of the time. try the stretching technique katensew mentioned and see if that works. it seems unlikely that they wired the hem……but it may be a means to an end if the stretching doesn’t work.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 03.41 PMby annawilliamson

    thanks so much, i wouldn’t have thought of stretching it! i actually have about double, since i needed a long piece but less than half as wide as the bolt, so plenty to experiment on, so if the rolled hem doesn’t do the trick i can try again with wire, but now thinking about the stretching it doesn’t seem like wire would do the trick as well.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 03.55 PMby mlssfshn

    The fabric in the picture is not tulle it’s organza and the way they accomplish this look is with fishing string that is serged in the rolled hem, the look is called lettuce leafing. My mother and grandmother use to do contract labor for a designer that used this technique in her work. I can’t remember how they fed the fishing line into the hem for serging but will ask her and get back with you.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 06.35 PMby annawilliamson

    thanks, that’d be great!

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    Apr 6, 2010, 01.22 AMby mlssfshn

    talked to my mom they just feed the fishing line in with the fabric they used a saltwater filament .

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