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Date: 8/12/13 4:19 PM

Hello all,

I guess I'd categorize myself as an advanced beginner at this point. I've done knit dresses, knit t-shirts, skirts, lots of crafty type projects.

My next project on the cutting board is McCalls 6324 (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6324-products-13865.php?page_id=96)

I'm planning to use a lightweight stretch denim (cotton/lycra blend...mostly cotton). My question is about lining the dress. Do I have to do the lining? If so, can I use a natural fabric....I have definitely learned that polyster and I don't get along (Age related, um....temperature issues.......lol). The fabric definitely isn't see-thru, which is why I was wondering why I'd need to line it. If I should line it, what fabric should I look for?

Thanks so much in advance!

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Date: 8/12/13 4:33 PM

I would line it. It will be the cleanest way to finish the bodice. Natural fabric would be fine- cotton batiste or a cotton voile. You know it might be cute - I am assuming that your fabric is solid here- to use a print or stripe for the lining. You would have to be very careful that the lining doesn't show at the neckline or armholes though.
Edited to add that looking at reviews of the pattern is always a good idea. HERE is a link to PR reviews of this dress. I noticed that the neckline may be low and wide.
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Date: 8/13/13 7:47 AM

I agree with Connie. Lining is usually easier and less fussy and gives a nicer finish than facings. I HATE poly, too. Lightweight cottons like batistes or voiles work well. And a print would be cute! Rayon Bemberg lining is slippery, but breathes. It can be difficult to cut as it shifts alot. I'd save that for a jacket that needs to slide over a top.

If the pattern doesn't call for lining, get a book by a sewing 'expert' that explains how to add one.

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Date: 8/13/13 11:22 AM

Where does one find cotton batiste? I've never seen it in my local Joanns and would love to buy a bolt of it for lining cotton dresses.

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Date: 8/13/13 11:30 AM

If your lining isn't stretch, it can affect the fit of the dress made with stretch fabric. I would just line the yoke.

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Date: 8/13/13 11:42 AM

Never mind my question (and not meaning to hijack this post, sorry!), I did a board search for batiste and found some sources. :)

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Date: 8/13/13 1:30 PM

Thanks everyone for your responses! Sew Shy.......no worries, you didn't hijack it!

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Date: 8/16/13 6:14 PM

Quote: diane s
If your lining isn't stretch, it can affect the fit of the dress made with stretch fabric. I would just line the yoke.

This is an excellent point, if you do decided to use a lining it would need to stretch as well. Unfortunately stretch lining is often not all natural and you may be back to the "heat" issues So unless you find a natural lining fabric that stretches you may have to just stick to the facings.

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