beatrice_otter: Ginger Rogers--Dancing! (Dancing!)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
When my grandma died, she had a huge fabric stash.  Lots of it was either awful, scraps, or half-finished projects from thirty years ago, but there were some nice fabrics in large enough pieces to make stuff out of.  There were also some interesting vintage patterns.  I took the interesting/nice stuff.

Over the weekend, I pulled it out and decided to make some of it into a sundress.  Problem: I needed about 1/8 yard of interfacing, which I do not have.  I live an hour away from the nearest city with a fabric store, and was not about to drive two hours round trip for 1/8 yard.  So I ordered some from  It will get here in 4-7 days.  But it's all cut out and I've done all the steps I can do without interfacing, AND IT'S SITTING THERE STARING AT ME.  The executive dysfunction of autism means that I have two modes: hyperfocused on something, and unable to focus on it without outside pressure.  So not only do I feel really bad about the fact that I can't sew it right now, but there's a decent chance that by the time the interfacing gets here, the focus will be gone and the sundress will sit in a pile on the table for months and possibly never get completed ever.

Also!  This is a light, delicate fabric that ravels if I look at it, and I do not have a serger.  I did the seams of the skirt as French seams (where the raw edges are encased in a sewn channel so they can't ravel), but I don't know what to do about like armhole seams where you can't do that (and in fact need to clip the seam allowance so that there's less bulk and it curves better).  The only time I've done significant work with fabrics that ravel like this was in the costume shop of the theater/dance department in college, where it didn't matter if it ravelled apart quickly, because it was only for stage use.

Googling has not been helpful.  I have seen a lot of seam finishes (some of which are new to me), but none that look like they'd be good for armholes and other curved seams.  Anybody got any advice?

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Date: 2017-05-24 05:25 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
A close zigzag is a poor woman's serger!

I also live an hour away from the nearest fabric shop, so I know this feeling, and so does my box of nearly finished projects.

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Date: 2017-05-24 06:50 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
If the fabric is too light for a zigzag, you can try reducing the tension, or putting a bit of stabiliser in and then zigzagging.

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Date: 2017-05-24 11:16 am (UTC)
the_rck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_rck
I haven't used it, but my MIL talked about some sort of liquid stuff that she put on a ragged edge to keep it from raveling further. She'd had to cut part of a thumb splint (the bit lying between her thumb and forefinger) down in order for it fit right, and those are expensive enough that she wanted it to last. What she showed me didn't look pretty, but it was holding.

She won't be up for another hour or three, but I can ask her what it was if you think it might help.

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Date: 2017-05-24 03:56 pm (UTC)
the_rck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_rck
She says it's called either Fray Check or Fray Guard. She was out for a walk when I talked to her, so she didn't have nearby to check.

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Date: 2017-05-24 10:02 pm (UTC)
laurajv: Don't give me any wild ideas! (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurajv
I've used this stuff -- I think the brand I've used is FrayChek. It works pretty well but might not be comfy all along an armhole

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Date: 2017-05-24 01:15 pm (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
If it's just small places like armholes, you can try to hand-sew a seam finish? Do a rolled hem or a tight blanket stitch maybe? (I avoid ravelly fabrics mostly but that's worked on broadcloth)

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Date: 2017-05-24 03:41 pm (UTC)
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
From: [personal profile] sulien
My suggestion is the same as [personal profile] lilacsigil's, that's what we were taught in home-ec classes way back in the '60's-'70's. You might also try checking for something like Tear Mender or Supermend on Amazon. The same goes for getting the interfacing quicker, if you've got a Prime account.

Like you, I live an hour each way from the closest town of any size, which means I wind up doing the bulk of my shopping for everything but basic groceries online.

Also, a recommendation for you, if you're into anything with yarn: Wool Warehouse UK. They have a great selection of yarns at excellent prices and they charge less for shipping than, or any of the other online yarn stores. That blew my mind!

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Date: 2017-05-25 12:00 am (UTC)
tielan: (quilting)
From: [personal profile] tielan
You've spoken of interfacing - is that for the armhole facings, to stabilise the shape of the neck/arms of the dress?

If so, what most patterns tell you to do is to cut the armhole facings (should be a pattern piece) iron the interfacing to the fabric facing, attach the armhold facings/neckline to the dress, and then fold the facings to the inside and over-stitch. At that point, if the fabric isn't too robust, then I usually do a second over-stitch about 1/4" outside the first over-stitching (the one close to the seam). It's hard to serge the edges of an armhole since they're already clipped to ease the curves...

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Date: 2017-05-25 10:25 pm (UTC)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
From: [personal profile] tielan
That's a good idea!

Curious question: if they don't have interfacing at the armhole, what do they do? Just turn it over and sew an edge?


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