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Lining cotton velvet
something lightweight & smooth?
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Date: 1/17/12 12:12 PM

I'm making a jacket from cotton velvet. Normally I line my jackets, and this pattern calls for lining, too... but this fabric is really lovely, with a great weight/drape/hand, and would be beautiful unlined. But, of course, linings are gads easier then hemming all those edges, so, lining it is! But I'm not sure what to use.

This is a 16th century (Renaissance) costume piece, so I'd prefer to stick with natural fibers. On similar projects I've used cotton broadcloth or medium-weight linen, both of which are heavier than I'd like for this project.

Also, I'll be wearing it over a couple of layers of other garments (typically linen), so if it could glide on smoothly, that would be terrific!

What do the lining experts recommend?

Thanks!

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Date: 1/17/12 8:12 PM

Have you considered skipping the lining and using a Hong Kong finish for your seams? Great finished look and no fuzzies from the velvet.

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Date: 1/17/12 11:01 PM

It crossed my mind, but I'd still have to finish or face or hem or something the neck and front openings, too... so it just seemed like a lining would be less work! Also, I thought a Hong Kong finish was for delicates; would it work on something this bulky?

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Date: 1/17/12 11:42 PM

Not sure about the bulk. But I do have a pair of worsted wool trousers that are a substantial weave and do have this finish. They are not lined which is fine with me because I prefer wearing a separate pair of nylon pant liners under them.

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Date: 1/18/12 1:03 PM

If you choose a lightweight fabric for the bias strips, it should add very little bulk.

OTOH - I wouldn't think it's period.

I'd try silk - it was certainly available in the period.

Habotai from Thai Silks

Silk/Cotton Sateen from Thai Silks - very pretty colors!

There are many other silk vendors out there, but this is the only one I've purchased from and can vouch for their service and quality.

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