Friday, August 17, 2012
Horsehair braid (CRIN)
I paired it with turquoise cotton/poly batiste for the pinafore/sundress and Moda Girlie Girl stripes for the dress itself.
I know that you're not "supposed" to use quilting fabric for apparel, but I've found that the so-called "designer" brands are good quality fabrics with just as good hand and drape as "apparel" fabrics. I did my standard adjustments--widening the neckline and lengthening the dress.
I heard about horsehair braid from Gertie. And well, this is a typical 50s dress in that it has a wiiiidddeee skirt. Horsehair braid used to be just that--horse hair in a complicated braid that was used to stiffen hemlines of skirts so you didn't have to wear as many petticoats underneath. Now it's made from polyester, but it serves the same purpose. The wider the braid, the more dramatic the effect. I used 2" braid on this dress. From what I've hear, it works extremely well on full-circle skirts, but it worked pretty well here, too.
In the meantime, though, I think this one turned out very well, and Grace loves it! Perhaps Nicole would like an "Apron dress" for winter, too!