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There is a burnout knit fabric that I love at the fabric store and I would love to make a pencil skirt from it. The problem is that it is very thin and see-through in the areas where the burnout pattern is.

So my question is, can I use fusible web on fabric to fuse it to a thicker knit fabric to make it more suitable for a skirt? Would it show, or ruin the drape? Is there any way to make this work? Thanks.


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    May 17, 2013, 12.41 PMby bjr99

    Why don’t you try lining it? You could use a contrasting color to make the burn out pop.

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    May 18, 2013, 01.15 AMby slitherydee

    I thought about it, but aren’t most lining fabrics very thin as well? I’m worried that with a pencil skirt design it’ll still be too thin and not have enough structure to look nice (unrumpled.) I thought if I used a regular knit underneath as lining, the textures would catch on one another and ruin the drape. Most fabric isn’t as smooth/slippery as lining material so I’m not sure what I could use. Is there such a thing as a medium weight lining material?

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    May 19, 2013, 03.26 AMby purplefan

    Think the term you are looking for is underlining. Meaning you use a second fabric with similar or same fabric characteristics as your fashion/top fabric and sew both layers as though they were one layer.

    Fusing web to the material I believe will distort your fabric and cause some scratchy feeling on the wrong side of the skirt while you wearing it.

    See if you can find a solid/plain knit of similiar weight to use as the underlining for the burnout layer.

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    May 19, 2013, 06.01 PMby mlssfshn

    Misty fuse would be an alternative that would join the layer and not effect the hand of the fabric. Unfortunately, it currently is only made 12 inches wide for home use, but big designers have discovered it’s benefits for apparel use and a 54 inch wide version in the works. Just don’t know when it will be available to us.

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