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dress linings

helenj | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am having problems sewing in linings – am wondering whether I chose the correct lining fabric? It pulled at the neckline. i must have made a cutting mishap, or accidently taken up too much in the zipper? I was making a summer cotton dress and lined it with another cotton. Actually, I would prefer no lining in this heat, and was even considering just wearing a tricot slip. With cotton fabrics, what is the best lining fabric? What about a lining for charmeuse(?sp), that satin-type fabric used for nightwear mostly? Thanks for your imput, Helen

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  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    Could you release it from the zipper and see if it hangs properly? Are you sure you have trimmed and clipped the seams around the neckline as much as you should? If you cannot get it to hang correctly, perhaps you can cut away much of the lining and turn it into facings and wear the slip.

    1. helenj | | #2

      Thanks Sue, I haven't
      Thanks Sue, I haven't stitched the lining to the zipper... I still wore the dress, there were just a few evidences of pulling around the neck, something must have stretched..... thanks, helen

  2. Josefly | | #3

    I like to make cotton garments, too, for our summer climate. You might consider underlining, instead of lining. I like to use a very lightweight cotton batiste; silk organza also makes a good underlining for cotton. The underlining gives the cotton more body, so it doesn't go all limp in the heat and humidity, and reduces wrinkling as well as any straining at the seams in a slim skirt, for example. I've found I don't need to wear a slip with some of my batiste-underlined things, and the underlining, while giving body, doesn't make them any hotter to wear. Since you're putting the two layers together, and treating them as one when seaming the sections together, it's simpler than lining.

    Of course, pre-wash both fashion fabric and underlining fabric, first.

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