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lining or underling?

catnet | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am making a long sleeve dress which suggests silk satin from the Nov 08 BWOF, but I already have a see through satin which I like.

The dress does not have lining and only a facing for neck edge. Should I line the dress or underline the dress and just use the facing?





  1. sewelegant | | #1

    With a see through fabric it would look nice to just line the bodice (and skirt) and leave the sleeves see through.  I would not want to change the character of the fabric on the bodice so I would use a non fusible lining.

    I think I would tackle your question by figuring out if using the underlining technique and the facing allows the facing to be seen through the fabric layers.  If so then I would line it.  Also adding the facing would make the neckline "stiffer".  If the dress neckline doesn't seem to need the extra stablizing provided by the facing I would just line the top.  Something else you could do if you need to stabilize the neckline but want to line would be to add a stabilizer to the lining the amount of the facing or even the whole piece.  I don't know if that would work or not so would have to test it.  There are so many options!  Right?  It all depends on how your fabric behaves.

    Edited 2/9/2009 2:35 pm by sewelegant

    1. catnet | | #2

      Thanks for your advice. I think I will line it. That is a good idea to interface the lining. I was concerned about the end product being a bit bulky as the photo in the book makes the dress look quite free flowing. I am going to try and see if I can purchase some nice silk satin (not always easy to get the suggested fabric) but if not will just  do as you suggested. Anyway will tackle the dress and see how it goes.


  2. Palady | | #3

    You might consider using tulle as the interfacing.  Being soft & drapey, it could add jsut enough body without diminishing the fabric drape.

    Please realize tulle is different than netting.  The former is sometimes used in bridal veils.  In the application, I find it the better to hand bast using a fine hand needle and light weight thread.


    1. Josefly | | #4

      What a good idea. I've never thought to use tulle as interfacing. Since the original question is about underlining, are you suggesting tulle for that, instead?

      1. Palady | | #5

        >> ...  original question is about underlining, are you suggesting tulle for that, instead? <<

        It really is a matter of individual choice.  MO, tulle would work for under lining if it suites the sewist making the fashion.   The quality of the tulle comes into play as well.   

        When I've used it, the tulle added just enough body w/o reducing any of the drape.




        1. Josefly | | #6

          Thank you so much. I'll keep the tulle in mind for that purpose.

        2. goodwife | | #7

          I have never thought of using tulle as a lining, what a good idea. thanks from me too.

          1. Palady | | #8

            You're very welcome for the thought of a use for tulle.  What I find of value, in addition to the hand, is the many choices of colors in which it is sold. 

            The Interent is a treasure for sharing ideas and knowledge in so many arenas.  Being in my 7th decade, I've been a sewist since my teens.  Reading the various posts always manages to spur my thinking and adding to my knowing.


          2. goodwife | | #9

            I only signed up to threads internet a few weeks ago.  I have always been a bit wary of joining anything on the net.  But I am so glad I did. You have been so helpful and with reading all the other messages etc., I am learning so many tips and ideas.  I wish I had joined long ago.  I have never used my computer so often..... 

          3. Palady | | #10

            >> ... wary of joining anything on the net. ... <<    Understandable to be sure. 

            Message boards are "public" and can be visited by the unsavory.  The powers to be who manage most of the boards I frequent are diligent.  Have to admit, I avoid chat rooms.

            Looking forward to reading you again.


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