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Date: 2/3/14 4:03 PM

I am making a simple pair of pull-on, elastic waist pajama bottoms (KwikSew 2662). I'm using a lightweight flannel fabric that is almost white, so I want to avoid "see-through" by lining them. Two methods occur to me, and I don't know which is best, or if there is a third one. Should I make a separate pair out of the lining fabric and then handsew them to the main fabric pajamas as the last step? Or should I cut the lining fabric pieces and attach each piece to its main-fabric counterpart at the beginning and then sew the pattern as normal? On such a simple pattern, does it even matter? Second question -- do you have any recommendations for what lining fabric to use? I'm looking for something lightweight and breathable, and of course washable. Thanks for the help!

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Date: 2/3/14 5:07 PM

The lightest weight, most breathable fabric would be 100% cotton batiste.

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Or should I cut the lining fabric pieces and attach each piece to its main-fabric counterpart at the beginning and then sew the pattern as normal?

What you described is what we call 'underlining' a garment, and that is a valid way to achieve the effect you are after. If you handle and pin carefully, you don't even have to attach the underlining to the garment fabric before sewing seams.
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Date: 2/3/14 5:17 PM

Doris offers good advice regarding underlining.

IF (big if) you want to have the lining loose/separate inside the PJs, rather than hand stitching the lining into the PJs, I would construct flannel PJ bottoms and lining PJ bottoms as separate pieces, then insert the lining PJs into the flannel PJs, and stitch the lining PJs onto the PJ bottoms at the waist line seam (or thereabouts) before you do the elastic waistband. Trim excess lining away above the waistline, then construct the elastic waistband as usual, catching the lining inside the casing (whichever waistband method you are using). Hope that makes sense.

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Date: 2/3/14 5:42 PM

Since you think the flannel is lightweight enough to see thru, why not double up the flannel and then treat it as one piece when sewing together? So, if the pj's have a side seam, you'd be cutting 4 front pieces and 4 back pieces. Instead of laying out a double thickness of fabric, you'd have four thicknesses. I would then baste the two pieces together for each of the front legs......same in back. You don't have to cut four thicknesses of fabric if you don't want. You can cut them out twice. Then begin construction as usual as if you were working with a single thickness of fabric. Don't forget to preshrink your flannel before cutting. If you don't have enough flannel to double, and can't purchase more of the same, then use the batiste as suggested, however, I'm not really sure batiste is thick enough to make them non see-thru. Maybe it will. I've never tried it.

Edited here......Why do I always have another thought AFTER I post? If you decide to use batiste to line, I think you'll have less see-thru if you make and attach it separately.


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Date: 2/3/14 7:58 PM

My only concern about a separate lining is that there may be twisting of the 2 layers as you sleep. What about a partial lining of just the top part of the pjs?

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Date: 2/8/14 6:59 PM

Well, that could be a problem. If it were me, I'd double up the flannel to make sure they weren't see-thru. On using bastiste to line...I'm wondering if, when you insert the lining separately into the pj's, you could hand tack them in several places on both the side seams and inseams, then hem as a single pair instead of separately. It seems that might keep them from twisting......in theory, anyway. Clear as mud, right?

I have no idea how you could line just the top half without the lining showing through. I'm visualizing something looking like a pair of shorts under the top half of the flannel pajamas. Don't know if that's what you meant.

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Date: 2/8/14 9:15 PM

Sorry, I didn't explain. If lining partially, I would probably use a lining that matched my skin tone as I don't think it would show so much. Another possibility is side and patch pockets, and carrying the pocket fabric to the center seam.

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Date: 2/8/14 10:58 PM

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Another possibility is side and patch pockets, and carrying the pocket fabric to the center seam.

Ooh, that sounds workable. Very creative idea! As they say, "necessity is the mother of invention."
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Date: 2/9/14 9:47 AM

I would make two bottoms (one of the flannel and one for the lining), trimming away the extra at the tops that would be turned under for the casing.

Stitching the two layers together where the pattern is marked for the casing will form the casing.

You can tack the two layers together along the legs.

Be sure to pre-wash both fabrics as flannel tends to shrink.




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