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turning a lining right side out

moogie | Posted in General Discussion on

I think I’ve lost it!!  I just made a totally lined top and I can’t seem to turn it right side out!  I’m using Vogue 2865.  I followed the instructions and left the shoulder seams open but can’t get it turned.  The worst part is that I just used the same pattern and made the dress in the same way and had no problem turning it right side out.  Help!


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    Becky-book | | #1

    Look over your instructions once more very carefully to make sure you did not sew one seam out of order.  Just guessing... is the hem to be finished after turning?  It is tempting to sew it up too soon!

    Can you post a photo?


    1. moogie | | #2

      I reread the instructions several times and even had my college-age daughter read them.  She agreed I did it correctly.  The hem is sewn before turning but the shoulder seams are left open and it has a back zipper.  The dress, which is only longer than this top, turned easily.  What am I doing wrong because of the length?  I tried turning through the back zipper and through the shoulders and it didn't seem to make any difference.  I'm going to try it again this morning and see if it goes better today.  I also have quilt club this afternoon and can take it there to ask for advice.  Most of those ladies don't sew clothing but one is a former home ec teacher.  She might be able to help.  I will let you know.  Any other thoughts, let me know.  Thanks.

  2. fabricholic | | #3

    Can't you just put one of those long pointed turners with the hook on the end down through the shoulder and grab the bottom of the front of the top and pull it through the shoulder?


    1. moogie | | #4

      I left enough room to put my hand through for turning and it doesn't work.  I had others looking at it at quilt club this afternoon.  They agree I followed the instructions properly but can't get it turned either.  They think I need to take the bottom seam out.  I hate to because it is already trimmed but I may have to unless I can come up with another idea.  Does Vogue have a toll free help line?  The ladies think the pattern is wrong.

      Edited 2/20/2007 5:28 pm ET by moogie

      1. moogie | | #5

        I gave up.  I took out the hem, turned the top, and then top stitched it back together.  Thanks for all the ideas.  Moogie

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          Becky-book | | #6

          That is really weird!  That the dress worked and the top did not!  Maybe the directions are wrong and you did something different on the dress that made it work.  So sorry you had to take the hem out!


          1. moogie | | #7

            I must have done something differently on the dress.  I didn't go back and look at it.  I probably changed my mind at the last minute and forgot.  Must be old age!!

    2. Cherrypops | | #8

      I've got one of those long pointed turners. I didn't give it a thought when doing linings. I use it for narrow ties of course, and when i get annoyed, dh takes over and does it in no time.. He is also handy with unpicking fabric, he has more patience..maybe that's why I don't do much hand sewing...but i do cross stitch...go figure..

      1. fabricholic | | #9

        Usually it doesn't come to that, but she was having trouble and I didn't know if it would help or not. Apparently, not. Since you cross-stitch, have you seen the patterns for the Christmons and the Baptism shell designs? Someone at church made the baptism shell ones and they passed them out so that we could have something visual to remember our baptism. I think they have the Christmons on cross-stitch. We use Christmons on our Christmas tree at church. I haven't gotten around to asking the ladies there, yet.Marcy

        Edited 2/24/2007 3:24 pm ET by fabricholic

        1. Cherrypops | | #10

          I hadn't heard of Christmons - did a search online and found them. My mum would love those. I just found a free baptismal shell design (for a towel) for the embroidery machine.

          When I get around to it i'll register for the freebies on the holyneedle.

          I do counted cross stitch. i will try machine cross stitch one day.



          1. fabricholic | | #11

            I didn't know you could find these on line. I will have to look. Thanks!Marcy

          2. fabricholic | | #12

            Oops, it's Chrismons, I see, not Christmons. Thanks for the idea of looking them up on the internet. I googled them and found they have the shell, I was talking about. The ones on our tree looked like they were made out of white glue and something. Of course, they had the ones with the beads, also. This is just what I was looking for.Marcy

            Edited 2/27/2007 10:56 am ET by fabricholic

          3. Cherrypops | | #13

            you scratch my back i scratch yours.

            helping each other out.

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