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I am making some dresses from cotton twill, and am not sure if and/or what I should line the dresses with?
I do not want to do it with some slippery lining such as bemberg or polyestor, and I am wondering if broadcloth is too cheap looking? Does anyone have suggestions?
Do i Need to line these? It is not sheer at all, and it has a slight stretch to it, which I would hate to lose with a non-stretch lining.



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    Jun 7, 2012, 03.12 AMby mlssfshn

    No, just finish the seams well.

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    Jun 7, 2012, 03.55 PMby leashbean

    okay great!

    do you have any suggestions for nice linings? i really don’t like the slippery stuff, and like i said, not sure that broadcloth is a nice alternative?

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    Jun 7, 2012, 03.55 PMby leashbean

    just in general, not for this project in particular.

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    Jun 7, 2012, 05.25 PMby rokc

    if the fabric isn’t sheer- I don’t know, why you wanna put the lining there,… I asume that you are making a summer dress? with cotton-to stay cool, and fresh,… so using syntetic lining would be quite inapropriat- proably just viscosa or cupro,…. I suggest you ‘’semi lining’‘- (I don’t know the propper word in english),…on the top of the dress just cut top 5 cm pattern in same fabric,…I allways do that eaven if I’m doing complete lining-top 5cm are in the same fabric,….on the bottom of the dress make a blinfd stich, or hand sew,…

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    Jun 7, 2012, 08.48 PMby mnr

    Ooh, I just want to say thanks for asking this question, I have the same question!

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    Jun 8, 2012, 12.26 AMby katexxxxxx

    If I want a light lining, I tend to use a matching cotton lawn or muslin.

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    Jun 9, 2012, 08.45 AMby kritika kapoor

    make some innovative kind of dress or loose shirt so that have to wear with it with a good jeans color.

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      Jun 12, 2012, 01.14 PMby leashbean

      The dress is for a wedding in July, so it might be too hot to layer.

      I found a really nice cotton for a lining, which i think will be great because of its breathability.

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    Jun 28, 2012, 02.17 PMby mickeygirl

    Depends on if the bodice has facing pieces at the neck and armhole edges. sometimes you just have to use lining because a facing of the same fabric is not going to look good.

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    Nov 15, 2012, 04.06 PMby Vtharp

    What about using a non-stretch woven as a lining but using it on bias so it has 2-way stretch?

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    Jan 18, 2013, 11.02 PMby Ariana Bauer

    You could use silk habotai or a sheer real silk fabric. A lightweight cotton would also be suitable I think

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    Apr 30, 2014, 02.03 PMby Deanna31

    Probably the nicest lining you could use is a a good draping, stretchy, thin satin/charmeuse. If you use cotton or something that grips you may find that it keeps riding up, and unless its really loose, you would have to continually adjust the lining all day. Slippery fabrics are best, but the dress fabrics kind, not the kind that are marked “lining” (those don’t breathe very well, are hot, sweaty, and make a noise when you walk).

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    May 14, 2014, 05.53 AMby motera

    I have seen high quality cotton garments lined with fine cotton lining . I like lining cotton with cotton for its breathability and compatibility. I think quilting cotton or some broadcloth are too rough, I use fine , high thread count ‘silky’ cotton shirting / lawn / batiste. I tend to prefer looser garments so the ‘riding-up’ problem is not an issue for me, but agree with Deanna, it would be an issue on closer fitting items.

    Cotton or synthetic are preferable to silk, as silk breaks down from perspiration. One of the functions of lining is to be the first layer of defense against perspiration, protecting the outer fabric. Vintage garments often have removable dress shields.

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