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Date: 7/17/14 1:30 PM

I get frustrated buying clothes with washable fashion fabrics and must be drycleaned due to non washable linings. I certainly don't wish to spend my time making clothes like these for everyday professional work clothes. I need suggestions for woven and knit washable linings. Please help me.

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Date: 7/17/14 1:36 PM

Of course, you want your lining to be compatible with your garment. Many/Most(?) silks are washable, rayon bemberg is a great washable lining, cotton batiste is washable. You would definitely want to pre-wash all those linings to complete shrinkage before using them in your garment.

I'm not sure about knit linings, but I'm pretty sure there is a knit fabric that is used for lining. I know there is a knit lining used for swimsuits. It must be washable. I'm sure someone will come along and mention it. I know someone just mentioned here in the forums about using a knit mesh as a lining but that was for sports wear, jackets, etc.

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Date: 7/17/14 1:54 PM

I use knit swimwear lining (white/nude/black) for lining knits and I prewash the fabric just as I do my woven fabrics. I don't make anything that needs to be dry cleaned - don't like the chemicals or the cost.

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Date: 7/17/14 2:03 PM

Just the other day I was reading that 40 Denier Tricot is good for lining knits. I haven't ordered any and I've never seen it locally. I usually use swimsuit lining or jet set from Joann. Only because I don't plan ahead and usually need to get something at the last minute.

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Date: 7/17/14 2:46 PM

Sometimes even no lining works. It just depends on why a garment with some lining should not be washed. Sometimes, it's just even because it might make the item, just way too hard to iron afterwards even. I think that happens a lot on nice loose lined linen trousers. Because of that, and because I like a nice pair of natural colored Linen trousers in the summer, I will even often buy them at the Goodwill Store, if I find a particular nice expensive well made pair there, and just cut the lining out later.

I most often leave the pocket bags in the pocket though, even if made of some lining I don't want in there, even if I do cut out the rest of the lining.

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Date: 7/18/14 10:50 AM

Yesterday the item in question was a nice Talbot's linen dress for an interview. I found a stain, dry cleaner said not likely to come out. I messed up treating it and got a ring. I put it in the machine to let it soak with enzyme detergent.I plan to spin and rinse it on delicate, roll in a towel to remove more water without stressing the lining, and hang to dry. I figure I can't make it any worse. Worst case scenario, I'll deconstruct it and use it as a pattern. I appreciate all your help.

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