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Which fabric should I line my dress with?
... it's clinging to my shorts...
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Date: 7/1/12 6:57 AM

Like many plus size women, I have to deal with 'chub rub' / inner thigh chafing when wearing skirts and dresses. My solution is to wear thin bike shorts underneath, or when I can get them, a product called comfort shorts from Evans in the UK (these are basically like thick pantyhose, but very breathable and non-constricting).

I recently finished a 100% cotton dress for myself, and wore it out for a test run the other day. I don't know if it's static or something else, but it just clung to my shorts and I had to keep pulling it away from my body - annoying and uncomfortable.

I'm a beginner, so I'm not really sure what the problem is, but my instinct is that a lining will help. I really wanted a 100% cotton dress, but I'm not sure if it will solve the problem or just add another layer which will cling.
Can anyone advise me? Will using a cotton lining prevent or exacerbate the clinging? Will a lining in any fabric help at all?
I guess my dress is not 'finished' just yet!
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Date: 7/1/12 10:22 AM

Hmmm... unfortunately I'm not experienced enough to answer your question, BUT if you do have to insert a lining, may I suggest a 100% cotton lawn or batiste. They are both 100% cotton (or can be found that way) and very nice & thin and would feel lovely against your skin.

Hopefully someone else here can help with the question of static cling!
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Date: 7/1/12 5:47 PM

There is an anti static spray called Static Guard that you can use.

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Date: 7/2/12 2:51 PM

I've never seen anti-static spray... but then I didn't know it existed so I wouldn't have been looking out for it! Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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Date: 7/2/12 4:42 PM

Also consider starching your dress when ironing so that it leans away from your body. ;)
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Date: 7/2/12 7:06 PM

Have you considered a slip? Something made in Tricot perhaps? There is an anti-static tricot.
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Date: 7/8/12 11:57 PM

I don't think static spray will help. It would help if you were wearning polyester, or something that produces static. I think the problem is that the cotton knit in the shorts and the cotton in the dress sort of grab onto each other. I think lining (so that layer sticks to the shorts) or a slip will help you out. You could make a cotton lawn slip sleeveless with a scoop neckline and wear it under dresses. A-line style will work with many styles. A half slip would probably work too. I think tricot is warm in the summer when I want to stick to natural fibers to breath.

I have some cotton knit slips I bought and they are great if I am wearing the right dress, but with other's they only make it worse. Plus wearing that many layers defeats the purpose of wearing a dress on a very hot day.
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