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Date: 4/12/12 1:47 PM

I always get a little confused when it comes to lining fabrics. I would like to know what are the best lining fabrics to use (excluding acetate). I often use poplin and I have read that you can use more of the outer shell material as well but this seems like it can get expensive. Thanks.

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Date: 4/13/12 7:09 PM

My favourite lining is Bemberg. It is 100% rayon, and if you prewash it it will serve you well in almost all clothing. It is static free, so no climbing/clinging skirts.
It breaths, and the only thing I do not like about it is cutting it, as it will not stay in place....(.see:static free).
It is more expencive, but worth it in my opinion.
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Date: 4/13/12 11:03 PM

Cupro, rayon, or silk.
I want to get my hands on some casein.

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Date: 4/14/12 0:39 AM

The last time I used bemberg ( only the second time

I sprayed it with spray starch and let dry before cutting and sewing and it totaly behaved. A great time saver.

Jeannie

Edited to add, I have a supply. I bought a bolt of black from Joanns with cupon, and I have some I found at the half off red tag. So keep a lookout.
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Date: 4/14/12 11:24 AM

Linings depend on what you are sewing. A jacket that needs to slide over other clothing pieces needs to be smooth, at least the sleeves, which can be different from the body of the garment.
I like materials that breathe. Bemberg rayon is a good choice and not super expensive. I love the luxury of silk charmeuse, twill and crepe de chine for jackets and dresses and even pants. A stretch silk lining for good wool pants is a wonderful luxury that won't tear because of it's stretch. They drape and don't change the hand of the outer fabric. Rayon is probably cooler for summer. I like cotton batiste for summer linings for dresses and skirts even if the outer fabric is silk. China silk is ok for a dress but it is very thin and harder to work with and won't stand up to much wear and tear.
I never wear polyesters because they don't breathe.
Oh, and lining fabrics don't have to be labeled 'lining'. I keep an eye out for sales for good deals on silk for linings. I love a fun print for lining. A while back Fabric Mart had a fabulous sale on silks and many of us bought the same fabrics to use as linings. At $4 or $5 a yard it was a bargain.
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Date: 4/14/12 1:20 PM

This is incredibly helpful, thanks! I don't tend to make lined garments, but I've shied away in part because of all the issues you address- breathing, nice feel, affordability. This will stand me in good stead.

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Date: 4/16/12 0:58 AM

I have been using Bemberg because it slides nicely, can be washed and is comfortable to wear. I usually make things that will be washed and I use stabilizer or starch to stiffen it up for construction. Wash it out when you're done and it's soft again. But I've been taking Susan Khalje's couture dress class on crafty and she advocates silk crepe de chine. I had already started with Bemberg but because I didn't want to have to wash the dress before wearing it (delicate fabric, special occasion dress) I didn't use the starch. What a pita to work with for sure, so unstable. Next time I make a special occasion dress I will definitely try silk.

But for summer dresses when I know I won't wear tights or spanx underneath, I love a cotton voile lining.
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Date: 4/18/12 10:30 AM

What a timely topic! I was just wondering about using china silk as a lining for a top. Nancy, it sounds like if I plan to wash and wear this a couple dozen times over a 6 month period, China silk probably isn't the way to go.

I love Bemberg lining, but am afraid of heavy shrinkage (even after prewashing) under the circumstances. Should I be?

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Date: 4/19/12 1:59 AM

OK, here's a dumb question. If I go to JA's and look for Bemberg lining, does it say that name on the bolt?

Obviously, I haven't done much in the way of lining, yet. I want to. So, thus the silly question. I would love to see this fabric in person and want to look like I know what I'm doing when I go to the store.

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Date: 4/19/12 8:11 AM

I don't remember if I've seen it at JoAnn's, but yes, it would say on the top of the bolt if it were Bemberg lining and the content will be rayon rather polyseter. It's not as cheap as poly linings, but definitely worth the price.

If I'm not mistaken, there are a couple of lines of this lining. The one I like best is Ambiance. It feels cool when you touch it. It comes in a host of colors. Here's just one online link for example: Vogue Fabric Store

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