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I hope someone can provide me with some wisdom here. I had a dress sewn for me by someone. When I put it on the first time, it was perfectly fitted and figure-hugging. As the day went on, however, it was stretching slightly in all places and becoming somewhat baggy. The type of fabric she used is some kind of rayon, so I became puzzled as to why it stretched like that. I pulled the fabric with my fingers in one direction…then another…and realized that the lady cut the fabric in crosswise direction! I sew myself, so I right away saw what the problem is. It was a big square piece of fabric, so she probably cut without determining the lengthwise direction first!
Emotions aside, I now have to see if I can save the dress somehow. I was thinking of applying iron-on interfacing to the entire dress (obviously, cut to match the parts) to stiffen up the fabric and prevent stretching. Has anyone done this before? Anybody thinks its a bad idea or has any other advice? Any word of wisdom will be appreciated! I would really like to not throw this dress away, but the form it takes is really unflattering.. Thank you all for any input!


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    Jul 31, 2013, 04.47 PMby bjr99

    Ironing on interfacing after the dress is sewn up won’t work. You run the risk of ironing in wrinkles. Also the dress has beeen stretched due to the bias cut. Could you post photos of the problems so we can see it? Maybe then we can help you find a solution.

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    Aug 1, 2013, 10.45 AMby katensew

    Sounds as if really it ought to have been lined to provide stability for the outer dress.

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    Aug 2, 2013, 07.47 PMby Sasha Gubareva

    Thank you for your replies. Yes, the dress is unlined, unfortunately, and I’m not sure it would add any support at this point. I will take a pic today and post it, but basically it was stretched throughout the day at the bottom from sitting, walking, etc. Maybe I can wash the dress and shape it to dry, and then apply a very thin interfacing, at least to the bottom part of the dress?

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      Aug 6, 2013, 12.14 AMby katexxxxxx

      Sticking something to the inside won’t solve the problem. It could make it much worse. And it will bubble and come off in time. If it’s rayon, in short order! Your best bet is to hand wash it, drip dry, and press carefully, and hope that each time you do this, it shrinks back, like jeans do! Wear a slip under it to help prevent ‘seating’.

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    Aug 9, 2013, 09.52 PMby Sasha Gubareva

    So I tried to take a picture but it just doesn’t show the problem – bagging and stretching of the material. I was thinking of washing the dress and then treating it with starch to lessen the degree of stretching. Has anyone done that or has an opinion? Thank you again!

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    Aug 10, 2013, 12.58 PMby judypeg

    Regarding the person who sewed the dress for you; difficult though it might be, I do think you should tell them about the mistake; just to help their learning (we are all learning all the time!), and to prevent this same problem happening again. If you can find a nice way to do it. I can’t add much to the above posts, except to suggest a lining, a little smaller than the dress.My thoughts about washing and reshaping are that the next time you wear it you will have the same problem.

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