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I want to stiffen the hem of my kirtle with something to give the gored skirts a little more oomph and fullness at the hem. What are my options? And more importantly, where do I get the stuff? I'm not lining the skirt and I don't want stitches or trim visible on the outside of the skirts, so I think I'm limited to something that's concealed within the actual hem itself. I've heard of using jute webbing (what is that and where does it come from?). Mundane skirts are often stiffened with horsehair braid; is this wide/stiff enough for period garb? I don't think I want to use rope (although I have plenty left from my corded petticoat); I think I want something flat.
AR, I think Rigilene is the boning you can sew through. It looks like this:http://www.mrechtonline.com.au/collab/data/photo/11249-b.jpgI'm wondering if that would be too stiff? Although if you bought a big roll of it, it would already be conveniently curved...FWIW, my fabric is a pretty heavy (tablecloth) cotton-blend damask.
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