Create Gentle Inner Support with Horsehair
I'm continually challenged and inspired by the projects my students present, and putting together a dress in a recent class was a fun journey. My student, Norma Loehr, decided to make a strapless dress using a charming little Burda design (03-2010-107) in one of my favorite fabrics–an inky navy blue silk/wool jacquard.
Clearly, it needed boning, but it also needed support over the bust that wasn't quite as structured. The dress seamlines are quite pretty, and we wanted to highlight them in a gentle way. I suggested using horsehair and sent Norma off to the local chain store. I figured she'd come back with a roll of the flimsy stuff that's usually sold, but to my surprise (and delight), she came back with a yard of 1-in. wide horsehair–just enough for what I had in mind.
I should mention that I figured the treatment would be of particular interest to Norma who is a trained patternmaker. She formerly made custom bras and has now distilled her knowledge into her all-new book, Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction. For those of you who are interested, her company is called Orange Lingerie.
But I digress...back to the work in progress.
|Here, you can see the basting thread outlining the different sections of the bodice. It was used to join the underlining–two layers of silk organza in this case–to the fashion fabric.|
|Here's a closer look.|
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