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must I line them?
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Date: 5/2/12 9:11 AM

This is a follow up to an earlier thread where I was looking for some nice, drapey red fabric for some harem pants for cosplay (costuming). Fabric Mart had some wool-blend crepe for under $3/yard, so I could hardly pass that up! It's here now, and I think it will be OK for a garment that will likely get worn once. (I wouldn't call it gorgeous, but it's the right color and drapey enough, and it was CHEAP. LOL)

But I've been reading all the wool crepe threads, and in addition to hearing that it shrinks a lot, it looks like everyone is recommending that it be lined.

I don't even know where to begin with lining harem pants! I line all my dresses, bodices, and jackets... but I've not had to line pants before (nor do I wear many lined trousers)... and with such wide, billowy legs, I'm doubly confused.

Must I? Should I? How? Or is there an alternative (like wearing tights under) that will serve the same purpose? (Which seems to be twofold here: controlling cling and scratchiness.)

Thoughts?

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Date: 5/2/12 10:26 AM

I made an unlined dress of wool crepe once and it was completely comfortable to wear. Just rub it against your skin and see how it feels.

If they're a one-wear garment, do you really need to pre-treat? Keeping the finish on the fabric will probably make them smoother to wear.

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Date: 5/2/12 1:46 PM

If it's 100% wool crepe, I very much doubt it will be clingy. Drape some against your bare skin and see; all the wool crepe I've ever used has a wonderful swishy drape and no cling.

If you don't mind the feel of the crepe against your bare leg now, I don't see why you would once the pants are sewn up. I like the feel of wool crepe, myself. It's usually somewhat spongy and not scratchy.

I do line wool crepe garments, but that's for longevity of wear and to keep the wool from getting baggy in places, not because it doesn't feel good. If it's a one-use pair of pants, I would not waste the time lining it.

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Date: 5/2/12 11:40 PM

If it turns out to be a problem there are pants slips just like a half slip but pants.

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