lining for chiffon
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.
Can you provide the pattern numbers?
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.
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.
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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