Shrinking and Stretching Fabric for Shape
Claire B. Shaeffer shares couture methods for shrinking and stretching fabric to shape garments. These techniques are used frequently in haute couture but are rarely part of home sewing. Learn how to mold and shape wool fabrics, for high-quality sewn garments.
Many patterns include seams that need to be eased; sleeve caps are the most common places in commercial patterns where ease is required. You may also ease a back shoulder seam to the front shoulder. Often, the amount of ease is small and can be handled with machine-sewn easestitching. However, you can also replace small darts and other shaping devices by easing, if the fabric can be shrunk. Another couture use for this technique is shaping a stand-up collar that is cut as a straight piece of fabric. You can gently shape it into a curve, so any woven patterns such as stripes or plaid lines follow the collar’s…
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