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CaityBear
« on: November 27, 2010 01:23:55 PM »

So just that. When you have to line a shirt or dress, what do you use??

Right now, for myself, I use a bedsheet. I have needed to line some white fabric since it was sort of see through and all I had at that time was a white bedsheet so that's what I've been using for a while now.
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Britannica
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010 06:06:06 PM »

To be honest, I usually don't fully line things. But when I do, I tend to use synthetic linings if the fashion fabric is synthetic and natural fibers if the fashion fabric is natural fibers, though not necessarily of the same type (e.g. lining linen with cotton). But I don't have access to a fabric store very readily, so I don't use special fabrics intended for lining-I just use what I have lying around that I haven't make plans or omit the lining altogether (which is something I probably shouldn't do).
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CaityBear
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010 06:38:10 PM »

The only fabric store I have access to right now is EXPENSIVE as crap. I usually use what's around, which is why I started with bedsheets. I don't usually line but I'm trying to so my clothes look nicer.
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N30Nb100d
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010 07:40:23 PM »

For me it's kind of, personal preference plus what works for a specific garment. I prefer cotton linings because they feel nicer than the actual lining fabric so that's what I usually use (and I use bedsheets a lot too, nice thin cotton), but if I was making something that I know needs to slip and slide easily either on me or on any undergarments it goes with, then I would use actual lining fabric because it's slippery. Britannica makes a good point too about matching natural and synthetic fabrics.
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marieC
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2010 07:20:05 PM »

You could try thrifting your lining fabrics.  Lord knows there's a lot of polyester at the thrift store waiting for someone to put it to better use than the 70s did.  Wash it in hot water and it's good to go.

I line my skirts and dresses in the synthetic stuff Hancock carries because it allows the skirt material to swing freely.  That and the silks are too expensive.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2010 09:55:32 PM »

I use the polyester lining from the fabric store mostly.  Sometimes I use Bemberg if/when I can find it.  And sometimes, I use a printed polyester that's blouse weight, esp if I'm making a jacket and lining it with the print, too.  I've used cotton to line dresses, and I find it hot and hard to press, but that was 100% cotton, not polycotton blend.
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N30Nb100d
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010 12:27:09 PM »

I use the polyester lining from the fabric store mostly.  Sometimes I use Bemberg if/when I can find it.  And sometimes, I use a printed polyester that's blouse weight, esp if I'm making a jacket and lining it with the print, too.  I've used cotton to line dresses, and I find it hot and hard to press, but that was 100% cotton, not polycotton blend.

You made me think about this and I realize most of my linings have been poly-cotton blend because most of my sheets have been that. I said cotton earlier but I think my brain just goes sheets = cotton. Poly cotton blend is easier to press than cotton but still breathable, while full poly isn't really. It's worked out very well for all my linings at least!
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mouse123
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010 01:42:36 PM »

I usually use either broadcloth or an old bedsheet for lining.  However, I find that when these are used for lining skirts, they cling and bunch a bit when I walk.  In that case, the polyester lining fabrics would have the advantage!
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