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Liz in Cville
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Subject: Lightly textured knit - to line or not to line? Date: 2/8/12 4:11 PM

In case anyone has had a similar issue:

I have this funky, ostensibly all-cotton knit which I'd like to make into a mock-neck pullover using the Jalie 2805 t-shirt pattern (my only satisfactorily-adjusted pattern thus far).

The pattern appears to be knitted in rather than printed on, so, as one might imagine, it's lightly but intricately textured.

It's not very thick, and as I said, the texturing isn't huge, so it's likely not a huge deal. But I've been accused of being a perfectionist. Also, I feel that I'm bumpy enough as it is so would prefer to minimize puckering.

I am going back and forth as to whether or not I should line it. For one thing, I wouldn't know what to use, and have nothing that would work. Also -- and maybe this is just nuts? -- it occurred to me that a knit lining and knit fabric could produce static cling?

Please feel free to weigh in with your similar experiences or guesses more educated than my own. Otherwise, I will either go ahead without lining or chuck it aside for later (but really wanted this to be my fast, relatively easy, instant-grat project, because I'm due for one of those!).

TIA,
Liz

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Date: 2/8/12 5:07 PM

Is there a particular reason why you feel like you need to line it? I don't line any of knit garments (dresses, skirts, shirts or pants). I have used double layers of a knit that was too sheer. This way I have the same amount of stretch. If I used a different knit for the lining and it had less stretch than my fashion fabric the fit/lack there of would be a problem.

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Date: 2/8/12 5:46 PM

Need to? No :). But I thought that perhaps a well-chosen lining-- or perhaps underlining--might help it drape better. Don't ask where I got that idea.

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Date: 2/8/12 6:05 PM

I have lined both knit tops and dresses IMO reduces the cling to bumps factor.

Tops I have used the fashion knit, mesh, silky lingerie knit just depends on the knit in question.

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Date: 2/8/12 11:36 PM

Hmm let's think about this. Drape better... I don't know that lining will effect the drape of the fabric because it's a separate piece that is attached only in some areas. Unless you're talking about how it'll drape on the body i.e. making sure its not getting caught on undergarments, stockings etc by having a slippery-er fabric against the body. I can see a benefit of lining it for this.

Underlining will probably change the drape of the fabric making it firmer/more stable. Did you want it firmer/more stable?

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Date: 2/10/12 3:56 AM

I think it's fine to sew your knit top just as it is without the lining.

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Date: 2/10/12 9:10 AM

Thanks everyone. I will do it the easy way :)

I suppose if the fabric were very precious to me, I might want to line with power mesh to avoid snagging the inside of that complex knit with my ring as I put on/take off. But I really do need an easy project for a change, and am willing to take the chance.

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