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In my new year quest to become better at sewing, I am looking to learn about lining.

I want to make another Marie skirt, but this time in a fairly lightweight printed cotton. I’ve got some polyester lining fabric which would probably work, but I’m wondering whether a lighter thin cotton lining would be better. Would this hang better? One problem I notice on some of my unlined skirts is that (if I’m wearing tights) the front hem kind of bunches up at the front of my knees as I’m walking. Is a silkier texture better to avoid this?

I’ve gone off on a tangent, my main query was about cutting the lining pieces. When lining something pleated, should the lining also be pleated, or is this unnecessary?



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  • Patti_12-28-2011_large

    Jan 4, 2012, 04.32 PMby patti-r

    Please read through below links, may be helpful. Hoping others have more input.


    Please note the above are darts, just use pleats from skirt pattern instead.


    If using a lightweight fabric as in above Underlining. On some fabrics I do both lining and underlining. IMHO sometimes using a too skimpy/small/short hem allowance also can cause issues.

  • Minoru_profile_pic_large

    Jan 4, 2012, 09.47 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    The Marie skirt doesn’t have many pleats so you would be OK just cutting out the skirt pieces in lining fabric. I like to reduce bulk in my lined skirts. I usually trace out new pattern pieces for the lining, closing up the pleats and tracing new pieces.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 01.05 PMby laurenp

    Thanks you two! I really appreciate the help. Good links and advice.

    That’s what I was wary of – too much bulk in the lining, so drafting (eek!) a new pattern seems best. Hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two!

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