Gathering Stupid Tulle
Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:08 AM
I'm attempting to make a white Lolita petticoat with lots of “poof” (similar to the one below made by Metanoia).
I am trying to gather (thick) tulle, but the thread keeps breaking. *Curses at the tulle and waves angry fist in the air*
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:12 AM
The only thing I could suggest is using a thicker thread - a nice thick linen thread, or something along those lines.
And doing it really, really slowly. I found that helps when I cartridge pleat stuff.
Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:24 AM
I'm sewing it by sewing machine (using a long stitch), then pulling on one of the threads (gathering by hand).
Linen thread might be stronger than the cotton thread I'm using at the moment. *plans to buy some linen thread*
Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:35 AM
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Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:03 AM
If you really want more poompf to the volume, cut the bit to be ruffled twice as wide, fold in half and gather. I remember using metres and metres of netting on my bridesmaids dress. And when I arrived back in NZ for my sisters wedding her tulle petticoat just wasn't up to supporting her dress, so I got the job of using a stiffer net and adding another layer and ruffle.
I remember my mothers net petticoats from the 50s - not that I was alive then, but that I got to wear them for dress ups and looked at how they were made.
Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:13 AM
Apparently you have to "show the tulle who's boss", so I being gentle and hard at the same time. Slowly working my way along with the gathering. I'm not being that rough, the weekness of the thread is causing most of the problems.
Awesome idea! I have some dental-floss at home... Who whould have thought. LOL! I'll might end up with a minty smelling petticoat!
Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:59 AM
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Posted 23 June 2007 - 04:35 PM
I think I'll try some of the suggested techniques next time though! But I doubt it will prevent the dreaded tulle rash on the wrists.... *ouchy!!!* ><
Hmmm... I'm guessing that ever brand of machine has a gathering foot available? I'll have to look into it for Brother machines.... it would certainly make life easier, but oh so much less FUN! LOL
Posted 25 June 2007 - 10:35 AM
I'm not sure about tulle, but my mum and I use netting. We both have differential feed on our overlockers, so that's what we use to gather. I know mum used to use a ruffler foot, but she's not found one that works for a while. But I shall definitely get that tutorial written up in the next two weeks (hooray for holidays!)
Posted 25 June 2007 - 01:17 PM
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