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Long summer dress for a luau party

Jaytee | Posted in General Discussion on

I want a suitable lining for a dress that is polyester print about the weight of dress satin, and feels silky.  It is simply one front and one back, sleeveless, for a summer luau party.  The fabric needs the ‘fix’ a lining gives.  I’m out of ideas, don’t want cotton sheath either. Jaytee (in Michigan).

Edited 7/3/2008 5:54 pm ET by Jaytee


  1. damascusannie | | #1

    I had a similar problem with the dress I wore to my daughter's wedding last fall. It was black with a center panel of ivory and it needed something under the center panel, but not a whole slip. In the end I stitched an inner panel made from an old slip behind the ivory section. I got the coverage I needed without adding unnecessary bulk. I'm wondering if you couldn't do something along the same lines with your dress, perhaps just sewing what would essentially just a built-in slip to the top edge of the dress. It might not even need to be full-length. If you ended it at the knee, you would maintain the lovely flow of the dress around your lower leg, plus keep the whole thing a bit cooler.

    1. Jaytee | | #3

      Thank you Annie. That's a slippery good idea, and one that I have never done.  I appreciate. Jaytee

      1. damascusannie | | #5

        It's inexpensive, too!

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    For polyester dresses, I like a silkessence-type lining.  It's very lightweight, and the slight crinkle to it seems to discourage static; it doesn't shrink and comes in lots of colors so that you can select one that works best with your print. 

    If you are doing bound or faced edges at the arm and neck holes, you can use the lining fabric as interlining instead, constructing it with the two layers as one.

    On a long dress, a short slip or lining may look strange unless it stops at the waistline or other horizontal design line.

    1. Jaytee | | #4

      Teal, thank you, I don't know what fabric you mean. Is it like silk organza? That about static intriques me.  Please reply. Jaytee

      1. Teaf5 | | #7

        It's a fairly generic polyester lining available at Joann's; cheap, but wears well, washes well, and breathes well, too.  Even though I generally use natural fiber fabrics, I like it for linings for comfort.

        1. Jaytee | | #9

          Thanks Teaf 5 ffor the lining source at Jo Anne's.  The dress went together with wonderful ease, and wears with comfort.  the lining was sewn in as a part of fabric, not separately. Another time I will experiment with a 'real' lining, assembled separately.  Thanks for the reply to my quest. Jaytee

  3. chattyone | | #6

    Why not wear a slip?  If you want to line I like Bemberg rayon as it moves well, and does not make a static charge like china silk can.


    1. Jaytee | | #8

      Slips slip; this is sleeveless.  Bomberg rayon sounds nice, can it be washed?  Any tricks to cutting it out? Thank you for the message. Jaytee

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        ThreadKoe | | #10

        Yes, it can. It is rayon so must be pre treated. It is also known as Ambiance. It is a fairly firm weave, so it is not too shifty like some softer fabrics. You should not have any problems working with it. Cathy

        1. Teaf5 | | #11

          Thanks for the tip on Ambiance; I've seen it but never used it and am glad to know about the firm weave, a good option for particular projects.

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            ThreadKoe | | #12

            This is my preferred lining for most projects. A bit more expensive, but worth every penny. and static free. Cathy

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