what should I use?
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.
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
Its only 1 degree here in Chicago. Cotton baptise sounds soft and beautiful.
Edited 1/13/2009 11:52 pm ET by rodezzy2
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?
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.
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.
Both suggestions were excellent help. Thank you very much.
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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