Skirts and linings
I have a very basic question. When the pattern for a skirt calls for sheer light flowy fabrics, do you make the skirt with a lining ? If so how would you do it? Make another skirt in the lining fabric with same pattern and attatch at waistband? Or would you just skip the lining and wear the skirt with a slip? Oops — turned out to be more than one question!
Well I actually use a flesh coloured lightweight knit which is all polyester and sew it into the waist band . I cut it about 3 inches shorter than the fashion fabric and just roll hem it . I roll hem the skirt and its all very floaty . I use a rectangle of the lining which is as wide as my widest point which are my hip . When I make a skirt like this I have cut the fashion fabric on the cross.
Thank you for this advice. I have wondered a lot about these sheer garments and modesty; I thought perhaps it was a product of my age. Can you give us the actual name of the knit product you use? Does it roll or cling on bare skin? Do you cut the lining on the lengthwise or crosswise? Do you think it would be acceptable to leave this lining unhemmed or does it need the hem for stability? Here in Louisiana, high temperatures and stickyness are always a factor. This is a lot of questions, but it really sounds like you have the "right stuff". Galey
In a high heat and humid climate, I'd prefer a lightweight woven lining with at least a little cotton in it; nylon and polyester are impossible in the 100-degree summers of our area! I attach skirt linings at the waist only, enclosed with the garment fabric within the waistband or facing.The beige lining is a neutral that works well for modesty, but you can use all kinds of colors for different effects under sheers. White will bring out highlights and make the sheer more pastel, while a deeper, vibrant color from the background will give more depth and intensity to the color.I hem the lining with a simple rolled or topstitched narrow hem just long enough to graze the top of the garment hem; however, I've seen a lot of the newer skirts with a color coordinated lining an inch or so lower than the garment for a layered effect.
I use a cheap poyester knit but perhaps you could use a rayon or viscose knit as it would be cooler and less stickyI cant tell you the name sorry I have thought that you could use lingerie fabric as well . I cut it on the cross grain as it needs to be stretchy and move with the you thi means that it is a tube inside the sheer fabric and it is less intrusive on the overskirts movement.
Thanks for the reply. I've been looking at RTW sheer skirts, and the well made ones all have a lining.
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