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What to do about facing a double knit dress

nykate | Posted in General Discussion on

I’ve just about finished my Chanel knockoff jacket, and want to make a double knit sleeveless dress to go under it.  I found a perfect pattern in my stash, even though it’s for wovens, the seaming will allow me to use the stretch of the knit.  The only problem is that the pattern calls for lining, rather than facings, and I don’t really want to deal with stretchy lining.  I think that a regular facing might also be too thick, so I am at a loss.

I’ve always done fabric strip finishes on knit wrap dresses, but the knit for those is much thinner.  Does anyone have a suggestion?

Thanks so much in advance.


  1. Palady | | #1

    My thought would be to use a lightweight woven fabric as the lining.   What "lightweight" is a matter of what's available to you.  Were it me I'd look to a batiste.

    As for omiting the facings, my take would be to use lightweight interfacings because, MO, the drape will be the better.

    An interesting thread to follow to read other members comments.


    1. sewluving | | #2


      I was just wondering what the letters MO mean in your letter.  I have noticed you use it in other notes as well.

      Thank you

      1. Ceeayche | | #6

        MO, also IMHO

        You will also see IMHO, in my humble opinion!

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      nykate | | #3

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      I had of course put my mind into the box of structured thinking, and hadn't considered a lightweight woven.  Naturally, that will work.  Thanks for waking me up.


      1. Palady | | #4

        If this comes through as a repetitious post, realize it's because the new platform has me still-learning-to-use-it.

        >> ... Thanks for waking me up. <<         Your very welcome.     BTDT applies for me as it probably does for most of us.  

        I think I used the Post button just a bit ago, but when I realized I might offer you an idea for interfacing & tried to Edit, I figured I might have goofed because I was unable to find my just done reply..    

        Your wanting to line a knit is well placed, I'd say, because this fabric can stretch in the wearing.  Especially in the seat, elbows, & knees.  My stash has yardage of the mesh in RTW sport clothes.    Bought on sale because I realized it's difficult to find.   Imagine my surprise, when I was in need of an fashion on the spur of the moment & knew my sewing it was impossible, & I came upon a stretch pant suit that was lined with the sport mesh.  In a matching color of course.  Knowing how the industry works it figured.   Sooo other than a batiste, maybe a sport mesh would work for you.

        As to interfacing, tulle could be an option.  I'd go with tulle rather than nylon mesh because the latter is larger holed and can be stiff.  Tulle being soft was the perfect solution for me in some instances in the past.  

        When your project is completed, pelase consdier posting on how it went.


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    artfulenterprises | | #5

    Facing a double knit dress

    Why not try simply finishing the edges with a strip of bias cut silk?  It would look very classy, add another texture and control any stretchy edges.  You might also try using ready cut silk ribbon.

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