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cherrymel | Posted in General Discussion on

hi. i was just wondering if i want to sew on an overlay (chiffon) onto a dress, is it possible to add it on after i have completed the dress or must i integrate it into the dress itself? the dress is going to be a fitted a-line made out of satin. thanks. 🙂


  1. spicegirl | | #1

    Anything is possible, its just which way is the easiest.  Can you show us a picture of the dress/pattern?

  2. Alice in Atlanta | | #2

    If the whole dress is going to have the overlay I would cut both/all the pieces together.  In other words, lay both fabrics on your cutting table.  Author, master seamstress Margaret Islander says when cutting chiffon layer it between paper for easier, no slip cutting.  When using this method pin on the outside of the pattern so that the pins don't leave a mark or hole.  Frankly, I would treat both fabrics as one piece when cutting and sewing.

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    Becky-book | | #3

    If the chiffon and satin are treated as one piece you won't need to finish an extra seam.  If the chiffon hangs separate, its seams must be 'clean finished' in some way ('cause it frays like crazy!) so they won't detract from the looks of the dress.

    There is no one right way, it just depends on the end result you want.


  4. billsgirl | | #4

    If you are wanting to put it on a completed dress, you could make the overlay and handsew  and then trim any extra fabric from SA underneath. Or could you make the overlay as a seperate thing on a ribbon or something detachable?  ......sharon

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