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Cotton lawn as a lining fabric?
Sold out of voile, batiste too pricey
Liz in Cville
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Date: 6/28/12 4:22 PM

So, I am, ahem, "padding" an order at Fabric.com to get free shipping. I could definitely use some lining for cotton and linen summer skirts or dresses. I would order some voile, but they are all out of whites and other light neutrals, and won't let me backorder.

Would white cotton lawn be good for lining?

TIA for your thoughts,
Liz

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Date: 6/28/12 6:03 PM

I would catagorize cotton lawn with voiles and batistes so I would use it.

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Date: 6/28/12 8:38 PM

I think it would be fine!

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Date: 6/28/12 9:14 PM

Thanks, ladies. Order completed!

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Date: 6/28/12 10:05 PM

I'm glad your order is successfully rounded up. I was in a nice fabric shop yesterday afternoon dickering over just about the same question. I was able to do side-by-side comparisons of voile, batiste and lawn. When I held each one behind my 3 fashion fabrics, there was very little difference in drape, overall hand and opacity. True, some of the Italian and Swiss Batistes were incredibly soft and the price reflected that. For my casual summer skirts, I was very happy with the lawn. Also, it came in a dozen colors. It was fun to pick just the right one for a sheer print.

My garments are all easy fitting and I'll underline. If yours are fitted, lawn is pretty delicate, so in that case I'd shy away from it as a lining. I don't know if it could take that kind of strain.

Enjoy your wonderful fabric treasures!

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Date: 6/29/12 10:11 AM

I used it to line my 'fashion star' caftan, which is loose, the lawn feels heavenly.

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Date: 6/30/12 1:20 PM

Thanks, Wendy and Coco, for the additional information!

Looks as though I'll be needing more lining in the future: just got my Fabric Mart order today, and a couple of items were more translucent than I had hoped. Oh, the joys of online shopping... Good prices, but so many "not-quite-rights" end up in stash.

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Date: 6/30/12 2:04 PM

Liz- I took a sheers class with Sarah Veblen. She showed this way to assess the see-thru factor, say for a skirt. Put the fashion fabric and under-layer fabric together; then wrap that all the way around your hips to simulate a skirt. Check to see what you can see. The double layer behind will give additional coverage. I used to just check by holding the layers in my hand and got scared off from things that actually worked around the body.

I'm a big fan of camisoles and 1/2 slips. Maybe you don't have to set the fabric aside. Good luck.

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Date: 7/2/12 7:07 PM

Thanks!

I'm sure my new madras will get used. I was just hoping to make it into unlined shorts immediately, but that won't happen.

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Date: 7/4/12 7:48 AM

May i add-- be sure to pre-shrink your fabric! (...ask me how I know).

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