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Date: 4/27/13 2:12 PM

I love this dress for a lot of reasons and it is beg. to show its age. Is there anyway I can alter in a way to make it stronger so it can last longer. Does that make sense?

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Date: 4/27/13 2:17 PM

I started to ETA above but decided to leave my first picture post alone since I got it right.

So, the fabric is see-thru and the design seems to be sagging from its self. I don't hang it up-wash it often, etc.

Could I add interfacing? Or would that make it worse?

Any ideas appreciated.
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Date: 4/27/13 2:28 PM

Maybe it would be worth taking Kenneth King's class on Clone Your Favorite Garment so you can make a replacement? He is super wonderful as an instructor. Also, this is a video class which allows you to work at your on pace and you can post photos and ask questions and get his commentary as you proceed.

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Date: 4/27/13 8:02 PM

Edited: I didn't see the replies on this at first. It sounds like you can't fix it. I agree with Eleanor - how about making a copy?


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Date: 4/28/13 11:23 AM

Sometimes it makes things worse when you try to reinforce a garment that is already showing signs of wear. Voice of experience...

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Date: 4/28/13 12:47 PM

Quote: Apron Strings
I love this dress for a lot of reasons and it is beg. to show its age. Is there anyway I can alter in a way to make it stronger so it can last longer. Does that make sense?
RL Dress
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-- Edited on 4/27/13 2:13 PM --

Take it apart and use it as a pattern to make a new one.
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