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having problems with lining in a sleevless dress
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Date: 7/17/13 3:55 PM

Hi all! This is my first post and I'm not new to sewing, but thought this would be a good place to post my question.

I am working on a sleeveless dress and am having trouble with the lining rolling to the front. I think it is a rayon georgette and I lined it with a thin polyester lining that I had on hand. (This will hopefully be a wearable muslin for a dress I need to make for a cocktail reception for my sister in law's recent marriage) I under-stitched the neckline but was unable to do so with the armholes because of how I attached the lining. The trouble I am having is the lining is rolling out of the dress at the neckline and armholes. It's almost as if it doesn't have enough weight to hang properly. If that makes any sense. Would top stitching be an option here? That is my thought for tonight when I get home.

Thank you in advance for you help or suggestions!

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Date: 7/17/13 4:28 PM

Armholes are a stinker and this is pretty common. Did you clip the underarm of the garment? and trim closely. also I press with steam on a pressing ham or something rounded (the lower armhole only!) And then I understitch. I hope someone else chimes in also. You really don't want to topstitch at least I'm thinking on a more dressy garment.

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Date: 7/17/13 4:32 PM

Yes, I would really rather not top stitch, I'll try trimming the seam allowance again and another good press. I had one suggestion to stitch it from the back side, taking only a small stich of the fashion fabric so that it would not show, something like a hemming stitch. Thank you for your suggestion!

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Date: 7/18/13 8:10 AM

Quote: lanarenee

I am working on a sleeveless dress and am having trouble with the lining rolling to the front. I think it is a rayon georgette and I lined it with a thin polyester lining that I had on hand.

My guess (and I could be wrong) is that the polyester is a stiffer, more wiry fabric (as poly tends to be) against the very lightweight georgette made of rayon, which is a lighter weight, more pliable fabric.

Topstitching is definitely an option if you can find thread to match, but you may not like the finished look.
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Date: 7/18/13 11:05 AM

This is not going to help now but for the next time. It helps if you cut your lining a bit smaller, that will pull the lining to the inside of the garment.

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Date: 7/18/13 12:56 PM

I agree about cutting the lining a bit smaller. Or you can add facings in the main fabric and attach the lining (lower down) to the facings. But most people don't like to do that. Even if you do, the pressing (preferably on a rounded surface as mentioned previously) is very important. It's possible that the poly is one of those that doesn't take a press well?

Could you just topstich the lower part of the armholes (that would be hidden by your arms most of the time)? And then tack it to the SA at the shoulder? Of course that doesn't help with the neckline.

Another option, when topstitching would be noticeable, is to take it even further - do the topstiching in a decorative stitch! It doesn't need to be large, maybe a small scallop or wave. Or you could make it even more elaborate, and sew on some beading at the front of the neckline (or all the way around) - and stitch through the lining with the beading thread.

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Date: 7/18/13 1:45 PM

Try prickstitching. It's the hand version of understitching. This stitch is used to secure fabrics with minimum visibility on the front of your fabric. You take a small stitch through the top and have longer stitches on the wrong side of the fabic.

Summerset explained it well here..

Prickstitchin 101

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Date: 7/18/13 4:01 PM

I think this is what Peter of Male Pattern Boldness was talking about in his e-mail. I've read about it, but could not remember the name. I think this is what I am going to try. In reply to an above post, it's actually the opposite. My dress fabril does not press well, but my lining fabric does. Thank you all for your help. :)

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Date: 7/18/13 10:25 PM

I learned something like this Prickstitch in high school sewing class, except it was stitched from the inside with the long stitches inside and the small stitches showing on the lining.

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