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Date: 1/15/12 2:49 PM

I love making pencil skirts with linings, either with a vent or pleat. However, I have found that no matter what I do -- shorten the lining to the top of hem, allow sufficient room in lining seams, sew lining darts narrower than fashion fabric -- the lining ALWAYS peeps out when I sit! If I make the lining any shorter, it would be like making a "half" lining! If anyone has any solutions or suggestions, I would really appreciate them.

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Date: 1/15/12 3:53 PM

where does it peep? At the vent?

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Date: 1/16/12 11:02 AM

Hi, Thanks for inquiry.

The lining peeps out around the front of the skirt at least 3/4 inch! I make a 2 inch hem in the skirt, and the lining is hemmed to the top of that length, so how short do I have to make it before it stops peeping? Something's really off. I look forward to your ideas, as I've several cut out and waiting to be sewn.

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Date: 1/16/12 12:11 PM

I'm thinking it is not so much off as it is that different fabrics lay differently?

I don't make many items with lining, but you might try tacking it down a bit in front? That should be an easy experiment as you already made one.

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Date: 1/16/12 2:57 PM

I agree with the other posts. The lining can be a little shorter, and you can tack it to the side seams to help it stay in place. You can also catch the lining in the bottom hem if you think that might help.

I really wouldn't have a problem with the hem being up to a couple of inches shorter than the skirt, which should be enough that it won't show if it's tacked to the main fabric at the seam allowances.

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Date: 1/17/12 3:09 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. I think I will try tacking the lining to the fashion fabric via strips at each side and see how that works. If it doesn't, I'll try bagging it -- as is done with jackets -- and see if it doesn't pull the skirt hem out of alignment when I sit. If it does, I probably need to draft another skirt muslin.

What I really need to do is go "snoop shopping" and see how ready-to-wear is doing it these days!

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Date: 1/17/12 4:00 PM

Make sure your lining isn't too small, you want some ease in the lining so it doesn't pull when you sit (like a slip). Remember lining fabrics seldom have any stretch to them so they need a little more room.
If all else fails, edge it in lace so at least it's pretty when it shows. ;-)

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Date: 1/17/12 5:36 PM

Love the idea of edging it in lace. A small extra step that would only make me feel "happy" about what I was wearing, even it didn't show.

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Date: 1/17/12 6:31 PM

I like using lace to edge my lining hems too. quick to do.

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Date: 1/18/12 9:43 AM

I like the idea of edging the lining in lace so if it does show, it looks nice. Also, to give myself more sitting room, I'll turn the darts into pleats. In fact, that will not only give me more ease but will speed up the sewing process! Thanks for the prompt and helpful suggestions.

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