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lining for chiffon

Mare | Posted in General Discussion on

I am attempting to make 2 bridesmaid dresses in a charcoal gray polyester chiffon. Can anyone suggest the best lining to use?

One dress is almost backless and quite full in the skirt, the other dress has approximately 4 tiers from the empire line that are each 7 1/2 inches long. (both are knee length) The tiered dress is for a person that is quite heavy and has 52″ hips. I am tempted to use a lining with some spandex, but need to use the same lining for both to maintain the same shades. Any help would be appreciated.


  1. DONNAKAYE | | #1

    Can you provide the pattern numbers?

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Chiffon is usually lined in another, identical size layer of chiffon and then is worn with a separate slip.  Combining spandex and chiffon in the garment itself would negate the best qualities of each.

    The underneath layer of chiffon provides a consistent color while supporting and moving with the outer layer for that flowing, graceful effect. 

    The separate slip prevents transparency, and beneath the slip, the wearer can choose to wear a spandex body shaper or whatever foundation works best.  The beauty of chiffon is in the fluid drape of a generously sized sheer layer, which generally flatters all figure types.

    1. Mare | | #3

      Thanks so much for your info... I spoke to someone in a fabric shop and they suggested Charmeuse for lining. I have sufficient chiffon,( and lots of time) so perhaps I will try your self-lining idea first.
      Unfortunately, sometimes I have to learn by "try, and try again" efforts. I really appreciate your assistance.

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      ThreadKoe | | #4

      Thanks for your tip to Mare. Just bought a beautiful printed chiffon, and matching printed shantung. Have satin for a slip/lining but was not happy with it. Will shop for plain chiffon instead. Thanks. Cathy

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