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what should I use?

MarieCurie | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m making a sleeveless summer dress from some lovely pink floral cotton.  What should I use for the lining?  It needs to be light weight, breathable, and washable.  I should add that this dress is hope for the future since there’s a full scale blizzard raging outside. 


  1. Josefly | | #1

    I love the feel and hand of all-cotton batiste under cotton dresses and skirts. Depending on the construction of the dress, and whether I want it for body and structure as opposed to just making the garment less see-through, I might use it for underlining, instead of lining.It's nice to be dreaming of sleeveless cotton dresses. We aren't have a blizzard, but the forecast this week is for dropping low temps daily, reaching the teens this weekend. Brrr.

    Edited 1/13/2009 9:29 pm ET by Josefly

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      rodezzy2 | | #2

      Its only 1 degree here in Chicago.  Cotton baptise sounds soft and beautiful.

      Edited 1/13/2009 11:52 pm ET by rodezzy2

    2. MarieCurie | | #3

      The pattern is Simplicity 3884, sleeveless, princess seams, with a tulip flare at the bottom of the skirt.  The pattern comes with instructions for lining, which I need to make the dress less see through rather than for crisp support.  Where do I find batiste that isn't see through?  The only place I know to find really cotton batiste is only white or black.  My local Joann's only carries cotton/ploy blend batiste, which is not what I want.

      I wish it would warm up to the teens.  This morning was minus 12.

      Also, as long as I'm asking... I have great patterns that start with an 8 as the smallest size.  After much testing on muslins with several pattern brands, I've concluded I need to cut a size 6.  Is there a way to confidently, consistently scale down a pattern just a little bit?  Or should I just suck it up and only buy patterns in the correct size?

      1. Josefly | | #4

        I like that pattern. Yes, unfortunately, all-cotton batiste is not always easy to find, and not in many colors. I've seen it, though at a local independent fabric shop, in pastel colors as well as white and black. I don't remember seeing it in a nude color, though. I think batiste might give you enough coverage, but not sure. You may have to look online, if Joann's is your only option, and I would want a sample first, to check the sheerness, before I ordered.

      2. cafms | | #5

        Here is an online discussion of pattern grading which might be of help. https://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4368/making-sense-of-pattern-grading   There are also some articles in Threads #113 July 04 "It's easy to Make a Multi-size Pattern Larger or Smaller Than Its Printed Range"  Also in # 101 July 02 "Making Sence of Pattern Grading"           

        http://www.sewingmuse.org/articlesbycategory.php?artcat=17  There may some more articles listed here that would help.

        1. MarieCurie | | #6

          Both suggestions were excellent help.  Thank you very much.

      3. [email protected] | | #7

        I would email Fabric Depot (Fabricdepot.com) in Portland, Or. It has a huge selection of fashion fabric and a very helpful staff. I have mailed samples I needed matches for and they were perfect. Good luck.

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