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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Sewing chiffon with lining together? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Fran Sam
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Date: 6/4/13 3:06 PM

Hey all,

So I'm planning on sewing an evening dress. It's full length with an elastic waist (gathers at the waist on the top and skirt) and long sleeves as well. I am planning on sewing a lining fabric with the chiffon together then sewing it all together as one dress - anyone ever tried this before? I hope the chiffon won't fight against the lining fabric and look awful. I have a dress that has a lining and chiffon sewn together but its v-neck and the sleeves arent lined, vs mine is a high neckline and the sleeves will be lined - its trickier so I'm afraid it may cause problems.

This is the exact silhouette and style except a boat neck and fully lined: http://pinterest.com/pin/236368680415116555/

I notices these dresses usually have a slip under but since I'm lining everything even the sleeves I don't know how a slip with sleeves will work very well. Thats why I'm planning on sewing 2 pc's (lining and chiffon) together as one.

Also, anyone have suggestions on how to keep chiffon from fraying while sewing? Once I cut it, it wants to fray immediately! I was thinking maybe add stitch witchery along the seams to keep it from fraying?

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Date: 6/4/13 8:19 PM

I just made a wedding dress that was all gathered chiffon, which I did the gathering by hand. So the edges got a lot of rough treatment. I used this trick: http://makingitwell.blogspot.com/2012/07/gelatin-your-chiffon-tutorial.html to stiffen the chiffon before working with it. I cut with pinking shears. There was a tiny bit of fraying, but not nearly enough to even be annoying. After I finished, I hand washed the dress and laid it in the sun to dry. It regained its beautiful chiffon drape after the washing

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!!
In: 68.5 yards
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I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 6/4/13 9:35 PM

It sounds like you are underlining the dress. If you have a serger, you can serge the two fabrics together at the edges (after sewing them together) which will eliminate the fraying. If you don't have a serger, I suggest using pinking shears on the edges of the fabrics after you sew them together.

Good luck!

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