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Ruined lining

Sew Lady | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone have a suggestion for me? I have almost completed a lined sheath dress but failed to test the iron when I started to press the lining. You guessed it! I melted a large hole in the lining fabric! Does anyone have a suggestion other than ripping out the complete back panel (which is where the hole in the lining is) and starting over. The seams have been serged and I was ready to put in the zipper. Thanks for any help you could give!


  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    Bummer!  Things like that sure spoil the fun, don't they?  Two thoughts,  first, any additional seams or bumps/lumps on your lining may show through and spoil the appearance of your dress.  After years of sewing I've finally come to the conclusion that most of the time it's better to just bite the bullet and redo things than to spend hours of thought and energy trying to "make-do."  This may be one of those times that you'll be happier if you replace the panel.  Is this a garment that you're going to wear very often? 

    1. Sew Lady | | #3

      I appreciate your matter-of-factness, Ralphetta! Yes, I think that I will probably rip the whole panel out and start over with a new lining. I was just being lazy and wanted a quick way out!

  2. fabricholic | | #2

    What if you cut off the melted part and cut a piece that would fit in the hole and maybe whip stitch it in? I would say to use some fusible interfacing to hold it together, but that is what got you in this mess to begin with.


    1. Sew Lady | | #4

      Your suggestion was a very good one, but the seam with the new piece of lining would show threw to the fashion fabric, as it is a pretty thin piece of material. However, under ordinary circumstance, this would be a splendid alternative! Thanks!

      1. Teaf5 | | #5

        I agree with Ralphetta that you'd be better off replacing the entire back lining. 

        You could probably take a shortcut by cutting the back lining off to facing length and then whipstitch a replacement panel back in, so that the seams that show through would be in a place that often shows through (neck and arm facings), but you'd always be aware of the "fix" and you'd probably be less inclined to wear the dress very often because of that.

        When sewing for ourselves, we have to please only ourselves, but I hate wearing something with a major flaw in it, even if I'm the only one who knows that it is there!

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