Why layering trim is awesome

So you spent a jillion dollars a yard on some fancy-dancy ribbon for your costume? Bad news – it will only ever look like ribbon… Unless you layer it.


Here’s some great ribbon. Actually, here’s the backside of a ribbon, which happens to be slightly cooler than the intended side.

Planned usage

I plan to use it like this, a la the frock coat festooning style. Notice how it looks kinda like a ribbon with a folded edge?

Picot edge trim added

Unless, of course, you sew it down in combination with a little picot edge ribbon.

Clues from Me to You:

Collaborate with someone. This combo came from the trim I pulled and the trim my boss pulled. There is sometimes something to be said for opinions meeting. ;)

Sew the combo down with a medium zig-zag in a reasonably matched non-metallic thread. (Reasonably matched so it won’t show; non-metallic so you don’t hate.)

Keep layering until it looks real.

Trim with buttons

Buttons added – between the three colors of gold and they different textures, we have something that looks less than mass manufactured.

4 thoughts on “Why layering trim is awesome

  1. Angela (WolfChild) says:

    That’s very clever I’ll have to try that sometime. :D

    6 years ago | Reply

  2. Laura says:

    I do that all the time. Layer one on top of the other, put some piping on the sides, and voila! I find this a very easy way to make very spectacular tabs for shoulders and waists for Elizabethan style.

    6 years ago | Reply

  3. Gregory Laffrenzen says:

    Very nice; thank you.

    6 years ago | Reply

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