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Date: 2/19/13 6:14 PM

I want to make a little black dress in lace. What should I line it with. Should I use a standard polyester lining material or something else.
Should the lining be loose, attached only at the shoulders and armholes or should I sew the two layers together in the side seams as well?

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Date: 2/20/13 7:54 AM

It would be helpful to know a bit more about the style of your LBD. Are you planning to underline and then line? My choice for lace..and I am by no means an expert...would be to underline and then line. Finishings would bepend on dress styling.

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Date: 2/20/13 11:25 AM

I hadn't thought about underlining. The dress will be a fairly simple straight style, sleeveless and possibly a boat neck. I have seen some lovely fabric online in the UK, it is a very lightweight lace design, it does not stretch as far as I am aware. I will probably not embellish the dress as I think it would detract from the lace itself

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Date: 2/21/13 4:51 PM

Standard poly lining is the cheapest, but not very "breathable." The Logantex line of rayon bemberg lining "Ambiance" is very, very nice. It is the only type I use. You can use it as an underlining and lining all in one fell swoop. I have. A lightweight lace would benefit from underlining, anyway. Treat both layers as one layer and serge the edges to prevent raveling.

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Date: 2/21/13 5:30 PM

It's really a matter of personal preference. When I made a lace dress I constructed the lace on its own with a serger (including the darts) to highlight the seam lines and details. Then I lined it, attaching at the neckline and armholes.

When I made a lace skirt I intended to be more subtle, I underlined it with a fashion fabric and then lined it, making the seams less obvious.

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Date: 2/21/13 10:27 PM

Since you can see the lining I'd use something a bit nicer than a polyester lining, something I don't use in any event because it's usually of poor quality.
If the lace is particularly nice I wouldn't seam it but I'd overlay and applique the lace motif so that the pattern is continuous. The seam line is basted on both of the seams to be joined.
If you are going to seam it you don't need to use a serger; it doesn't ravel. You can make a double narrow seam or a french seam. If you underline it the seam will not be seen on the outside. Then you can line it and join it at the neck and armscye.

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Date: 2/22/13 1:56 PM

Thank you everyone for your suggestions, I now have a good idea on what to do. Am I correct that if I underline I will have a layer of lace, then a layer of a nice fabric that will be seen underneath the lace and then a lighter weight lining under that. I like the idea of the French seams, and attaching at neck and armholes seems the best option. Watch this space! Lol

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Date: 3/5/13 5:25 PM

If you haven't decided yet;if the lace is really sheer the fabric closest to it will be very noticeable.So think of it as a blalck dress with lace overlay.The under fabric should have some body to it to support the lace.So something like crepe back satin, either side might do in poly or silk. If you feel like underlining and lining is too many layers,let the fabric directly under the lace also serve as a lining and wear a slip.Or you could also line it with a thin silk for a luxe finish.I keep thinking about all the new pretty cotton lace out there.It could be dressy with a satin underneath or casual with cotton

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