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hi everyone :)

well, i have an idea i wanna make for a dress :) i’ve already drafted my pattern and it has lots of shapes on the bodice so naturally, i shifted all my darts into the all the seams. the problem is that my bodice was really time consuming to construct, and now i need to make a lining. i was thinking about just making a lining with simple waistline darts, but someone told me that that was a big no-no because the grain of the fabrics wont fall in the same direction. (especially because of my complicated shapes)

would it be okay to make a simple bodice with waistline darts? or would it get distorted like my friend said?

i wouldn’t mind reconstructing my original bodice if that means it will hang better..i was just trying to see if taking a short cut would be worth it


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    Jul 27, 2010, 08.18 PMby sherrey

    I think it might depend on what you want the lining to do. Does it have to support the bodice in some way? Is the dress bodice very close fitting? If no to both these questions and it is really more to make the dress more comfortable against your skin I would skip the lining altogether and wear a silky camisole instead. Some of the best designers don’t use linings on their dresses but finish seams by hand instead. If the dress is pretty close fitting you could try using a tricot knit and making a fitted lining just attached at the neck if the dress has sleeves and cut away at the armholes if the dress is sleeveless.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 04.17 AMby Marla Rodriguez

    thank you for taking the time to answer my question! :)

    actually, my dress is a strapless sweetheart neck with a very close fitting bodice. Although the idea of knit as a lining really clever ( I honestly would have never thought of that! Not in a million years!) i don’t think it would work, especially since i’m adding boning to the side seams…

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      Jul 28, 2010, 09.25 AMby katexxxxxx

      Think about adding the boning to a foundation layer bodice that sits inside the gown and is invisible from the outside. You’ll also need to line the gown… Or add the boning to the lining…

      If the bodice is a complex cut, think about cutting the lining to follow the basic shape of the gown bodice, but with princess seams. This would also give you a few more seams to follow with extra boning if you need it.

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