In the end I was able to get it to work with a combination of your suggestions. I think the big winner, however, was Rebekah of St. Gemma's Art & Needlework, who recommended a spray bottle with 2 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. In the past I remember reading that vinegar is useful for removing stubborn creases (like if you lower the hem of a skirt... not that a shortie like myself has ever had occasion to do that). I had no idea it was helpful for setting creases, too. Once I added that into the mix of techniques I was trying I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
|boy, dress forms look strange with no arms|
Tools I used to get there:
- one part white vinegar in a spray bottle with 2 parts water
- my non-fancy iron set to wool and lots of steam
- a piece of wood as a makeshift clapper
- a press cloth
- understitching in some places (which didn't end up helping)
It's not perfect, no, and there are other things that bug me about how this is coming together, but I can deal with all of them. I wasn't going to be able to deal with a puffy facing and collar.
100 times better than it was before, don't you think?!
Thank YOU for helping me get there!