Sewing Basics: Horsehair Braid

OHAYO~~~!

It’s always important to go over basic techniques when it comes to crafting because once you master the basics it can take something from ordinary to AMAZEBALLS. Nice, clean pressed seams–or little tricks like interfacing + use of horsehair braid can really elevate the execution and finished nature of a cosplay; but, I also acknowledge that a lot of people are self-taught and sometimes it can be hard to find help with the basics because more advanced people can sometimes take these little techniques, tips, and tricks for granted.

I personally consider myself a mix of self-taught because I took a one semester course in costume making (which turned out to be a glorified crash course in sweatshopping which I loved but was no where as comprehensive as it could have been); but I’m lucky to LOVE doing research and so I have found out how to do things through trial and error. I would never argue that the way that I do things is the only way or the best but it’s how I do things and it works fantastically for me….so anywhoo~~~ let’s get started.

H O R S E H A I R B R A I D

What is it? IS IT ACTUAL BRAIDED HORSEHAIR? The simple answer is no, NOT ANYMORE. Today Horsehair braid is a thin plastic mesh that you can sew into the hem or edge of items to help stiffen it. It can help give a ruffle an extra pop, or it can make a finished edge more clean and stiff. It also is useful when it comes to the dreadful task of hemming circle skirt.You can find it at Joann’s and you can buy it by yard.

H O W T O A T T A C H I T

1. Lay down your fabric with the right side facing up and find your hem. Using pins start to pin the horsehair braid along the edge of the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up. Don’t pull the horsehair braid taut, just pin it so that it lies flat with no tension. Top stitch it down with a narrow edge stitch.

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2. Turn the fabric over now the with the wrong side facing up. Pull the horsehair from the bottom, and flip it so that now it is lying on top of the wrong side of the fabric. Pin it down, so that the edge of your horsehair braid is making the new hem. If all goes well you should now have an encased raw edge. Top stitch the horsehair braid down.

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3. VOILA. ITS BEAUTIFUL, and you’re done. AMAZING.

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XOXO

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