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Date: 6/14/11 2:21 PM

What kind of lining is best for a summer dress?
The dress is finished so I am going to have to retro fit the lining or just break down and buy a full length slip.

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Date: 6/14/11 2:26 PM

What fabric did you use to make your dress?

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In reply to AdaH

Date: 6/14/11 3:20 PM

It might be worth just getting or making a slip. Then you can wear it under other dresses you already have (or will make, and not worry about adding a lining if they are unlined).

A lightweight silk (like charmeuse or habotai/china silk) might be your best bet... cotton voile is also nice, but wouldn't have quite the same slipperiness as a lightweight silk.
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Date: 6/14/11 5:47 PM

I agree- make a slip. But, don't make a slip with tiny little straps, make it more like a sleeveless scoopneck tshirt so that it will cover everything you want hidden in the dress. Besides, that way the color of your bra and panties is irrelevant!

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Date: 6/14/11 8:28 PM

Excellent idea - making your own slip with customized straps! Too many times, I've gotten the underthings on, only to have to change them when I got my outfit picked out!
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Date: 6/14/11 9:31 PM

I recently learned that silk crepe de chine makes great summer lining, for it's lightweight (more than charmeuse) and sturdier than china silk. But, if the dress is finished, I agree - silk slip is the best - try making it in crepe de chine....

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Date: 6/15/11 9:21 AM

This is a very interesting thread, mainly because so many are suggesting slips. I thought I was the only one who still wore slips I've always bought or made slips that were tricot. They can get awfully hot in the summer(and hot flashes don't help)but they pretty much guarantee no "ride up". I'm interested in the silk and crepe de chine. I'll have to do some looking to find out just what type of materials these are. Do they have slinky, no cling qualities? I'm so use to cottons and knits, I generally don't look beyond those.
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Date: 6/15/11 11:28 AM

My dress is a cotton seersucker.
OK I think the slip idea is looking like the best bet. Finding a nice slip material will be the next big problem. All I have in my area are JoAnns and Hancocks. Might have to go on line for the fabric? There are a couple of slip patterns in the KS book. I wish KS went on sale more often.

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Date: 6/15/11 11:42 AM

Ada, Joanns and Hancocks has tricot, do you think they will have the silk or crepe? I might run out tomorrow and take a look.
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Date: 6/15/11 7:39 PM

Count me in as one who thought slips are no longer the norm For those who have made slips, would you mind sharing which pattern you used?

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