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Tip: Make Your Own Silicone Tape

Threads magazine - 172 - April/May 2014
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I made a strapless homecoming dress for my daughter. She wanted silicone tape inserted along the dress’s back to help the dress grip her skin and stay up while she danced the night away. Some of her ready-to-wear dresses had this feature, and she thought it helped. I scoured the Internet to no avail, but I came up with a solution that worked just as well. I taped a piece of regular hem tape to a piece of plastic wrap and ran a bead of clear, 100-percent silicone caulk down the center. I smoothed the caulk’s bead with a wet finger to create a soft mound that eased to nothing at the long edges. After the caulk dried, I machine-stitched the caulked tape in place. The hem tape was easy to cut, sew, and handle, and it matched her dress perfectly.

-Jodi Oliver, Cypress, Texas

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  1. KharminJ July 17th

    This is great, Jodi - thanks for sharing!

    My mom had suit skirts (from the 40's and 50's) with a band of what looked like knit rubberbands on the inside of the waistband, to keep your blouse tucked in. Some of my dad's slacks had this same feature.
    "Silicone tape" will serve the same purpose, beautifully.

  2. User avater 10860 September 10th

    thanks for share.................

  3. User avater RosaWallace September 10th

    thanks and awesome Product

  4. User avater evacaroll September 11th

    wow this is great and thanks for share...

  5. User avater Natasha1 September 11th

    its good product.

  6. user-1115937 February 8th

    Thanks for this, it is a great idea and I am going to try it out for "forever slipping down" bra-straps!

  7. Taverns December 19th

    Cool thing

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