costume tape?

#22
thanks for the suggestions- I definitely have a lot of wig stores downtown so I'll probably stop by one and pick up some tape to test. Do you just peel it off your skin or do you use anything to help loosen? I'm not worried about the protan issue.

the gingerbread was from this recipe:
www. foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_15981,00.html
 

latingal

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#23
Last time I used the tape I just peeled it off, but I did buy some of the citrus based remover to try.

and how was that gingerbread recipe?
 

Larinda McRaven

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#24
You can buy toupee tape at wig stores.
Sallys Beauty Supply. Always next to Payless Shoe Store in a strip mall.

I buy it by the roll. There are two types, clear and opaque. The clear is much gentler, still strong, but less aggressive. The opaque variey is quite gummy and often leaves bits of adhesive behind on me.
 

Merrylegs

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#25
I have this cheap Latin Shirt whose collar is supposed to stand stiff but it keeps on collapsing to its base like cooked spaghetti. Is there any trick that prevents collar from collapsing? Any good tape for this purpose?
Sounds like you need collar stays. They look like little plastic popsicle sticks and you put them inside the underside of the collar. A lot of mens' dress shirts have little slits in the underside of the collar for this purpose. You could also use the stuff Elvis (and others) used in his collars, I think it's called sizing but a trip to a fabric store could give you the best answer. Or there are plenty of peeps on this forum that could give the right answer.

Seriously, ever really looked at the collars on his costumes? I bet they're still standing up straight.
 
#26
Sounds like you need collar stays. They look like little plastic popsicle sticks and you put them inside the underside of the collar. A lot of mens' dress shirts have little slits in the underside of the collar for this purpose.
My friend recommends lots of starch and an iron. (YMMV, I have no idea.)
 
#31
I am not sure what Iron-on Interfacing is, but I gusess it is a stiff material that I can iron on the collar, or attach the collar with taupee tape. I am going to buy it at a fabric store. Thanks, Larindda

PS. Does anyone know what buckaram is? Where is Laura when I need her?
Iron-on interfacing is, indeed, a stiff material that you can iron onto a fabric to give it body. Most are made of non-woven materials and are made to be sandwiched between two layers of fabric. They can be fairly abrasive against skin if exposed. To avoid any potential problem, I'd apply it to the outside of the neckband and underside of the collar as two separate pieces.

I assume your shirt is black, so use black interlining if you can find it. If not, check to make sure you've cut it small enough so that you can't see it when you're wearing the shirt before you iron it on. ;)

Buckram is a loosely woven fabric that is siffened by starch or water based glue. It is used as the base fabric for many kinds of stiff garments - such as hats and belts, as well as the stiffener for curtain headings and such. It is available as both yard goods and tapes. Unlike non-woven stiffeners it can be shaped by dampening or steaming. Unlike most non-woven stiffeners, it will generally get limp if it gets damp - read "perspiration".
 
#32
Iron-on interfacing is, indeed, a stiff material that you can iron onto a fabric to give it body. Most are made of non-woven materials and are made to be sandwiched between two layers of fabric. They can be fairly abrasive against skin if exposed. To avoid any potential problem, I'd apply it to the outside of the neckband and underside of the collar as two separate pieces.

I assume your shirt is black, so use black interlining if you can find it. If not, check to make sure you've cut it small enough so that you can't see it when you're wearing the shirt before you iron it on. ;)

Buckram is a loosely woven fabric that is siffened by starch or water based glue. It is used as the base fabric for many kinds of stiff garments - such as hats and belts, as well as the stiffener for curtain headings and such. It is available as both yard goods and tapes. Unlike non-woven stiffeners it can be shaped by dampening or steaming. Unlike most non-woven stiffeners, it will generally get limp if it gets damp - read "perspiration".
Thanks! Great, I'll take a look at Interface and Buckram at a fabric store. What a great DF website is.
 
#35
Interfacing isn't necessarily very stiff. It can actuallly be very floppy.
I bought some iron-on interfaces at a fabric store. They come in various thickness and stiffness. One of them was stiff enough to keep the collar of my shirt stand at all time. The big problem I face now is that I need to slit the collar surgically, insert the interface, and sew up the slit without leaving visible scar. Originally, I was thinking about attaching the interface to the collar with a strong double-sided tape. I also took a look at buckrams, and I abadoned them since they were too flexible.
 
#37
Could you just sew, or use fabric glue, to attach the interfacing to the side of the collar that doesn't show?
Like someone said, this collar looks like Elvis's collar. It stands (not lay-down) and both sides of this collar are visible. It need to be inserted into the collar through a long slit , seal the slit, and place the collar under hot under iron. To a sewing expert this process sounded like a piece of cake, but, to me, it is going to be as hard as performing an open heart surgery.
 

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