Crinkled rayon, rayon challis, sandwashed rayons and silks, and very soft cottons work well. Firmly woven fabrics work better than looser weaves. Rayon challis is my favorite, but other fabrics like the new textured rayons and lightweight Tencels will work equally well. Fabric should be washable, since the water-soluble paper used for construction needs to be rinsed away with water.
Preparing the Stabilizer Shapes|
|The latticework fo the vest is woven of bias tubes of fabric.
There are several methods for making the tubes; use whichever
you prefer (all are described in this segment).
Use a bias-tape maker that will help you fold and press the strips in half lengthwise. To form a tube, machine-sew the folded edges together. You can also use the device to position fusible paper-backed tape in the center of the strips as you form them; then as each strip emerges, fuse it with a hot iron (Figure B). After you remove the paper, simply fold each strip in half lengthwise and fuse the finished edges together (Figure C)).
With a tube turner, simply sew the lengthwise edges of a bias fabric strip, right sides together, and turn right side out with the correct size turner.
A sewing-machine binder foot (Figure D) double-folds a flat strip of bias fabric and sews it together in one step.
|Once you have made a number of fabric tubes, you can begin creating
the body of the vest.
Wash the latticework in a machine set for a gentle cycle. Place the vest in a lingerie bag before placing it in the machine.
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