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vest lining to short

carolou | Posted in The Archives on

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I am trying to make a vest where the lining and fabric are sewn together and pulled through open sides. The patter comes to points in the front. I know that I have cut all pcs. correctly however, when i get done the lining is pulling the front bottom points up. It is as if the lining was cut to short. I know that is not so….I cut this out twice. Please can someone help. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

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  1. lin_hendrix | | #1

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    Hi Carolou,

    You're probably not doing anything "wrong" per se... types of fabric weave, styles of patterns, etc. can all contribute to the problem you're having.

    I'm assuming you're talking about a lined-to-the-edge style vest and not faced edges.

    How much is the pulling? If it is not too much then it's actually desirable to have the lining a little bit smaller than the vest fabric. You can press just a tiny edge of fabric towards the inside; this provides a finished edge when viewed from the right side and is called "favoring."

    If it's a lot of pulling and you haven't trimmed the seam edges yet just pick out the bottom edge of the seam allowance and pull the edge of the lining back from the vest fabric edge just at the point, blending the lining edge back to the fabric's edge; then resew (see my diagram) on the original seam allowance.

    If you have trimmed the seam edges then consider "shortening" the pointy ends such that you can accomplish my suggestion above.

    hope this helps,

    --lin

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