Sunday, September 18, 2011

A hot mess = help!

I have a plan of things I want to sew...it's written out and I should be following it right?

Of course not...I saw this pic in my email this weekend:


And since I've recently been handling all of the fabric in my fabric closet (more about that later) I knew I had this cool piece of "leatherish" fabric and I thought I could make a dress from that.

Well I made the dress...but I can't get the fabric to stop sticking to everything...even after I put a lining in the dress:


So I'm coming to you asking for suggestions to make the fabric less staticky.  Should I use a product?  Is there a trick to anti-static?  Anything you suggest would be appreciated because I actually think this would be a funky kinda dress to wear on weekends and on casual fridays at the office...

(the flash made this look really shiny
it actually looks more like the first picture)

...but I've learned something today...I need to stick to my list and not free-style.  My list is well-thought out for all happenstances...when I free style I end up with messes...interesting messes but messes just the same.

...any help you can provide would be appreciated...

...more later!

27 comments:

  1. We have a spray product here in Australia that you can buy wherever you buy hosiery - it's designed to use on pantyhose, but I've used it on all sorts of things. I'm sure you must have something like that in the US. A quick fix can be had with hand lotion. I keep a pump bottle of a cheap supermarket lotion in my desk and dash off to the bathroom and smooth it over whichever bit is sticking. Now that I've moved from a very moist climate to a very dry climate, I am having the same trouble all the time and I use this solution daily. I think I've seen advertisements for static reducing laundry washes, too, now that I think about it. Hope this helps!

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  2. Static Guard - is the spray here. Is that stuff still around? Or a dryer sheet rubbed all over the dress? Is it just sticking on the inside? Or is the leather side sticking?

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  3. Static Guard works for me during our winters when it dry and there is lots of static in clothes.

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  4. Oh dear. What a neat fabric, but oy. I was also going to suggest Static Guard. But that's just a suggestion - I don't really know.

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  5. I don't have a suggestion, but can say that you improv dress is amazing. I applaud you for wanting to stick to your plan, but think this is dress is a home run (once the sticking issue is taken care of).

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  6. I have that same fabric! The suede-y parts look almost green in some lights. I made a bomber-style jacket from mine, never thought of a dress - maybe it's a good thing? :)

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  7. Hi Debbie!
    Unfortunately, I know EXACTLY what type of fabric that is!lol! But even if you try an anti static product the way that fabric is made won't really help.
    The fabric you used is a blend that I've seen commonly sewn in the design of handbag knock-offs and the like. Why it tends to stick I'm not sure.
    But your inspiration pic certainly inspires me to create that exact garment for myself...Your style is fierce!
    You go girl!

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  8. Regular old cheap hairspray works of regular fabric although I not sure about leather.

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  9. I'd use a fabric softener sheet and rub it on the lining, panty hose, legs, whatever is sticking. Works like a charm and it's easy to tuck a sheet in your purse so your never "stuck".

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  10. I find slathering lots of moisturiser, like sorbolene, all over my body before dressing helps keep static at bay.

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  11. Loving the dress...I always use hairspray but have not tried on leather!

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  12. I use moisturizer on my hands (a small amount) and run it over the offending part like my legs or tights...

    I'm glad I am not the only person who can't stick to her plan!!!!

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  13. I hope you don't get mad at me, but I got to tell you Carolyn, this dress doesn't even look like something you would make, but anyway, 3M (topical antistatic spray) does a spray, I haven't seen it retail but you may find it at staples or a home improvement store or order it online. I also read somewhere that putting a layer of cotton between the lining and fashion fabric helps to keep the static at bay.

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  14. I had a fake suede skirt that I sewed that stuck and was very annoying . I wore short pantyhose and this stopped the problem but the skirt was long enough to cover the fact that my stockings only went to my knees. So perhaps shorter or no pantyhose.

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  15. Please forgive me for using this format to let you know, but you've been so forthright about not accepting advertising, I wanted you to know that for the last several days, whenever I click on your blog, I get one of those sleezy "you're the lucky winner" come-ons. I don't know if someone has glommed on to your posts, but I thought you'd like to know. I don't get this anywhere else. Not that I'd ever let it stop me from my daily Diary of a Sewing Fanatic fix! As to the sticky problem, a short burst of hair spray on your pantyhose should do the trick--the cheaper the hairspray the better. I kept a can in my desk at work, especially in cold weather. Again, sorry for the "business" post. Ta. Judi

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  16. Static Guard and an anti static lining or slip. They sell the anti static lining at JAs and I have been happy with it. Forget what it is called but it says anti static right on the bolt end.

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  17. Sometimes putting a static garment in the freezer overnight will help.

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  18. I was going to suggest the anti-static lining fabric also. And Static Guard or dryer sheets. If the fabric is washable, what about a bit more fabric softener in the rinse than usual? Chain in the hem to encourage it to stay down?

    I hope you find the answer - it is a cool dress, if only it would behave.

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  19. I had (had being the operative word) a skirt made from a microfiber fabrci. That is all it said, microfiber. It was always static-y. I used a lot of Static Guard on it, but it wouldn't last long. Micro fiber is now off my list of usable fabrics.

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  20. I love that dress!!! I have never sewn leather, but I have a piece that I am going to use this winter.

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  21. I love the dress in this fabric (which I have too. Sorry, I have no real good advice on the static issue. Maybe if it was lined in cotton rather than a synthetic or wear it on a humid day? Lame, I know.

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  22. Applying a layer of moisturiser always works a treat with me. Oh, and not wearing rubber soled shoes on synthetic carpet, but that's less easier to control/manage! Dress looks fab!

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  23. Let me jump on the bandwagon with judidarling. Me too. For about the same length of time, every time I click on your blog, the page doesn't pop up. But the page she identified does. I have to close it in order to get to your blog. And I have a Mac. Not sure if that helps or not. But somebody/something has attached itself to your blog.

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  24. Does the whole dress stick to you or just the skirt part? It is not too late to add a cotton half slip between the lining and the leather by attaching to the lining only. It can be cotton batiste or lightweight linen, just something to break the static barrier. How about just trying a cotton half slip to start with?
    Otherwise having an anti-static chain hanging down from your hem to the floor like on shopping carts at Costco just would not add too much to the look now would it?

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  25. Great looking dress. No suggestion on how to beat the cling.

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  26. Glad you didn't stick to yopur list(although I can not think of one thing that you have made that I did not love)! That dress is really cute and inspirational. I have no thoughts on the static issue, sorry!

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