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From: billy1chik
Date: 04-01-2006, 06:27 PM (1 of 7)
I'm 16 and I have a prom dress that I want to change slightly - the skirt is satin with chiffon layered over it, and I want to ruch up one side of the bodice or the hem, and put sequins all over it. My questions are 1. What would be the best way to attach the sequins? Sewing them on, or gluing them? I want a lot, so I'd really rather glue them on. Does anyone have any tips, or know of any good glue for something like this? 2. What's the easiest way to make ruching even, and stay in place?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 04-01-2006, 07:14 PM (2 of 7)
I'd sew the sequins...gluing almost INSURES they will pop off all night long.
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From: paroper
Date: 04-01-2006, 08:57 PM (3 of 7)
Chrys is right. Don't even think of gluing them. They will pop off and probably leave an ugly residue on the dress. If, on the other hand you wanted to use heat set rhinestones, they would probably work. Chiffon with the heat set is not something that I've tried, I tried all kinds of other fabric and they have done very well. If you are interested in heatset rhinestones you might post and see if anyone has tried them on Chiffon.

If you do sequins I'd absolutely sew them.

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From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-02-2006, 07:13 PM (4 of 7)
I agree with all above. Ruching: You stretch a length of elastic along the seamline and sew. When you let go, the elastic snaps back to original size, and the gathering should be nice an even. Trouble is, that works well on a bodice when the fabric was cut with ruching in mind. If the bodice fits now and you ruch it, depending on which seam you do, you could end up more exposed than you ever meant to! If it has a loose bodice without a lot of shape to it, then ruching could make it form-fitting and add a fun touch.
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From: stephi
Date: 04-03-2006, 09:56 AM (5 of 7)
I agree with andrea on the might try a couple inches of fabric first to see how much it pulls up and how it gathers.

With the sequein you will be much happier if you sew them on, you dont want your nice dress to look tacky with glue spots all over it. A trick to doing sequeins is to get a matching color of the tiny glass beads and when you pull your thread through the seqein then put a bead on and go back through the hole. this will make the sequein lay flat and you wont be able to see the thread as when you pull it through and go over to the side. They make sequeins on ribbon you might give that a thought too.

Good Luck, Let us know how it comes out!

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From: billy1chik
Date: 04-03-2006, 03:22 PM (6 of 7)
Hey thanks everyone. So...sewing it is. That's really too bad, I was hoping someone would know of some kind of magic glue or something! LOL.
The bodice is, in fact, a little bit loose and I'd like it more that's good news, but I might decide on altering the bodice with just a couple of darts and ruching the hem instead. Guess I better hurry up though, as I have less than a month left. :nervous:
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From: sewingcybermom
Date: 04-03-2006, 05:44 PM (7 of 7)
hey billy1...try flatback rhinestones or heat set rhinestones. they are absolutely stunning!! And is solves your sewing problem. Check out some of my skating dresses. They are all decorated with heat set swarovski crystals. They're like little diamonds. They aren't that expensive for the small ones either. the heat set ones won't come off...EVER and the glued ones go on with E6000. Really easy to do and look fabulous!! Much better than sequins.
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