How I can I make a tulle seam less uncomfortable?
For Halloween this year, I am going to be the White Queen from the new Alice in Wonderland. I am making the dress (or as close to it as I can get, anyway) from a Simplicity pattern, and it’s almost done, but I need some advice on an issue that has come up. The sleeves are long and made of tulle. After sewing up the sleeves, turning them right side out, and putting them on, the seam edges were very prickly and uncomfortable. A seamstress friend recommended folding the ends over and sewing them down so they lay flat, which has helped a little. But I still feel like there are little pins pricking me in various places on my arm, which is really uncomfortable.
Is there something I can do to cover up that seam? I don’t have time to remake the sleeve with different seams, so I need to work with what I already have. Also, keep in mind that these sleeves are white tulle, so they’re very see-through and so any tips that can be close to invisible would be great. This is also kind of an issue at the waistline because there is also a skirt with a satin layer and a tulle layer which also pricks at me. I’m hoping wearing a full slip under my dress will solve this problem, but if you have any suggestions for that as well, I would love it. Thanks!
Try bias silk organza binding over the seam.
Or sometimes you can buy an almost see-thru tricot knit binding on a card.
There is a clear elastic that you could sew down over the trimmed seam. I would think that you could use a matching binding at the waist line or cover it with the lining of the top.
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