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Date: 5/1/12 3:26 AM

in my underlining book with (?) Veblin she recommends a lot of silks. well if I can't afford silk underlining or lining fabric, coould I just use poly?

are they THAT bad?

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Date: 5/1/12 6:07 PM

I don't use underlining in any of my garments, but from what I understand polyester underlining has different characteristics than silk underlining has. Why don't you do a test with a large scrap of your fashion fabric and your poly underlining fabric and see what you think?

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Date: 5/1/12 7:02 PM

you can consider cotton batiste also

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Date: 5/1/12 7:14 PM

I have underlined in vintage sheets and tablecloths in cotton

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Date: 5/1/12 7:45 PM

There are a number of advantages of silk over poly--one of the main ones is that silk will breathe and poly will not. Also, silk will 'wick' moisture away from your skin toward the outer layer of fabric.
Have you tried looking for silk online? fashionfabricsonline.com often has good deals on silk (and other fabrics).

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Date: 5/2/12 0:13 AM

You want the underlining to have some ability to grip the fashion fabric. Silks generally have some tooth, as Sarah says, to stick to the fabric you are underlining. Most poly doesn't, and in particular poly organza is horrible to work with. You'd be better off underlining by fusing lightweight interfacing than to use poly organza. The underlining is handled as one with the fabric, so fused interfacing can work if you get the right combination.

Rayon was originally developed as an inexpensive alternative to silk, and it has some tooth, unless you are using lining made of rayon. Linings don't make good underlinings because they are supposed to be slippery, not cling to the fashion fabric.

Silk organza makes a great underlining, but it can be expensive. On the other hand, every bit of it can be used, so no waste needed. It makes a great press cloth because it can take high heat, it works well as a non-bulky stabilizer for inset corners, buttonholes and similar small areas because it doesn't stretch, you can use it as a stay tape, etc.

Many cottons can be used for underlining, and are usually inexpensive. It is one of the numerous uses of muslin fabric. I like batiste, as Kathy mentioned. Neutral colors go a long way.

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Date: 5/2/12 3:15 AM

okay thanx so much for the help.

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Date: 5/2/12 6:03 PM

Dharma trading has silk organza for $6.49 a yard, $6.09 if you buy 10 yds +, (55" wide). Well worth it if you're making a garment you are going to keep and wear for more than a season!
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/85741-AA.shtml

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Date: 5/2/12 7:07 PM

a sewing friend recommended that i get another piece of rayon challis and make it reversible so thats what I'm gonna do. thanx.

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