I’m making a dress of white cotton crinkle gauze, and to prevent it from stretching and to make it more opaque and stable, I am going to underline it in teal linen. Since it seems to be a bit more sheer when it’s been ironed, I was wondering if anyone knew a way to keep it flat? If iron it before I cut and sew the pieces, I don’t want it to shrink up unevenly when it gets wet. Will the sturdier linen keep the bodice pieces stretched flat?

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    Jan 26, 2013, 01.40 PMby katexxxxxx

    With any crinkle fabric you are better using a loose lining than trying to unlerline it. Make up the dress and the lining. Each time you press a bit of the dress, hang it up and puff steam at it to reset the crinkles or your dress will stretch out and be the wrong size.

    When you wash it, it may well crinkle up really tightly and look far too small. Iron it out, hang it up, and reset the crinkles with puffs of steam until it has returned to the correct size and shape. Always hang crinkle fabrics to dry rather than tumbling them.

    if you underline it, you will never be able to press it out properly because the fabric will flatten out and ‘grow’ as you iron it, and crease in all the wrong places, and you’ll never get it to go back.

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