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Date: 7/27/14 2:32 PM

I'm making a skirt, and no matter what I try, the outer vent wants to flip up, or curl. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Date: 7/27/14 4:11 PM

Steam then apply clapper, letting sit until cool?

Might be too hot for that one!

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Date: 7/27/14 8:49 PM

If all else fails, (normal sewing stuff) I think you could always take a quarter or a nickle or such, make a little fabric covering for it, and hide it and sew it into and in the hem part of the vent overlap that you don't like the way it lies. Just since that would probably weigh it down some.

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Date: 7/28/14 9:23 AM

Thank you for your suggestions! I tried pressing, but no luck. It's like a stubborn cow lick. I went ahead and put a metal washer in the corner that's flipping, and I think it's helping. I'll have to let it hang and see!

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Date: 7/28/14 3:00 PM

In my experience, when fabric doesn't do what you think it should do, there are usually a few common reasons.

* Too much/too little ease: too much or too little ease on one side of a seam causes puckering on one side.

* Creases not pressed straight/correctly: often a crease may seem correctly placed, but there may have been some tension in the surrounding fabric that causes the crease to later buckle/curl. I like to give the whole piece a shake or two to "release" or evenly spread any tension in it before pressing the crease. I would finger-press (actually fingernail-press) initially to "locate" the crease before applying heat/steam.

* Cut/fit issues.

In your case, since I don't know the exact construction of the vent, I can only guess that it's a vent flap crease that is not straight. Unfortunately, I generally find it really difficult to correct a crease. Even if I press it open flat again and steam it to a fare-thee-well, the fabric would still have some "memory" of the original crease. And, I think using weights is almost always a Band-Aid fix and does not properly fix errant flips/curls.

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Date: 7/28/14 4:20 PM

I actually don't like skirt vents on me, so I don't wear them, but I have had that kind of issue with lots of rather straight skirts in just store dressing rooms sometimes. I do still try them on sometimes, but most times pass. I do think it's lots of things that can be, when that happens. Sometimes, I think the vent edge was not cut straight on the grain. Of the fold not that great. Or the back seam of the skirt not that great in it's shape on and over me even. Also just depending on the cut of a skirt and my own hips, the way the skirt lays over me hips, (and even more when I had more thunder thighs pulling at it) my own hips and butt can make that happen sometimes in some skirts too. Also if they got a lining in there, and that can make it worse if it's pulling on it sometimes too even.

So the"weight it down with something" thing, is just kind of a cheating fix for kind of maybe lots of other things that maybe could have been avoided if something some other way. But, it works sometimes as a "after fix".

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Date: 7/30/14 8:25 PM

Am thinking its the grain of the fabric that's off. Could a piece of
fusible interfacing stabilize it perhaps? And then press it again.

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Date: 7/31/14 1:39 AM

The physics of how the fabric hangs leads on-grain fabric to spread. The fix is to off-grain the fabric at that area. I can't really explain it. I learned about it in Sarah Veblens 10 techniques video class here on PR. She demonstrates how to fix the problem. IIRC, every fabric is going to be a little different because of the weight, hand, weave, and fiber content. I don't know if this issue is your problem, but it may be more complicated than simply weighting the fabric.
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