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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > When to line? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/25/07 9:42 PM

I've recently learned to line a skirt (out of necessity, the garment fabric was a bit sheer for my 5 yo DD) and have fallen in love with the technique.

Not that I don't love pretty lingerie, but couldn't you just line anything that wasn't intended to be sheer and eliminate the need for slips and camisoles and such? No more bunched up layers to re-tuck.

Garment weight could be a factor, but if I use batiste or silk, summer things shouldn't be too heavy. It would increase the cost per garment, but if the quality improves that would even things out.

I dunno, I just wondered if this is a rookie mistake/assumption or if I'm getting obsessive. Any thoughts?

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Date: 2/25/07 11:05 PM

Not at all a rookie response, quite the contrary I would say. I love the way a lined garment feels. If done properly, clothes glide over the body and feel great on all day long. Lining also adds years of wear to the garment because of the wonderful support it affords the fashion fabric . Agreed, it does add to the cost but then if you are using fine fabric, why wouldn't you want it to look its very best all sewn up ? That said, all things sewn do not warrent the extra time and extra cost ( although lining need not be a huge expense ). For example, I don't line my most casual pants but I always line my tailored trousers.
A girl still needs her lacey dainties under it all. Lining can do a lot for a garment but it will never replace the lovely unmentionables !

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Date: 2/27/07 4:32 PM

I was just wondering the same thing, except for skirts. I thought you only used lining on skirts when they were fitted and the lining made it easier to slip on. However, I just came across a vintage Valentino full skirt that was lined, which confused me even more. I'm making a full skirt right now and didn't line it, but now I'm wondering if I should go back and do it...

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Date: 2/27/07 5:04 PM

You can put a lining in any style of skirt. For example, you almost have to line a skirt if it's made of a sheer fabric. Or as a slip substitute for any style of skirt--one less garment to deal with, and you don't have do worry if the slip will peek out from under the skirt or any slits.

Underlinings are often used with a delicate fabric. That is you treat the fashion fabric as one with the support fabric below. This is another alternative to a lining, which is usually just attached to the fashion fabric at the waistband plus any slits/vents.

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Date: 2/28/07 3:23 PM

I've seen in various sewing books garments that are BOTH underlined and lined, the underlining and lining serving different purposes.

The underlining stabilizes the fashion fabric. The lining allows the outer shell to glide over the body.

As far as I know, there's no Sewing Police rule about doing both underlining and lining. It would depend on the stability of the fashion fabric and the particular garment you are sewing whether you wanted to do one or the other, or both.

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Date: 2/28/07 3:34 PM

Of course, you're right. Your post is a good explanation of lining and underlining.

I didn't mean to imply that the techniques are mutually exclusive. Either or both are fine. And there are no fashion police!

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Date: 2/28/07 3:45 PM

Linings are wonderful! I line my pants as well as my skirts. From my experience, a lined garment out of good fabric will last 3 or 4 years where as and unlined garment will last a year, maybe 2.
I also prefer to stream line my mornings, searching for one garment is faster than having to find the right slip to match.
You are not getting any more obsessive than the rest of us. After sewing for a while, you will expect the improved quality and appreciate the work of your hands more.
Yeah! Congratulations, this is a big step.

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Date: 3/1/07 10:45 AM

Nanflan,

I keep waiting for the Sewing Police to come and cart me away whenever I do something that is NOT the way I'm told to do it in the pattern instructions. I was well indoctrinated as an obedient sewist in sewing class in high school (mumblety, mumblety) years ago. Long enough ago that they still taught sewing in high school, but recently enough that my sewing teachers did not insist that EVERYTHING must be hand basted first.

I leave off the facings (I hate facings) and finish the neckline with bias and I'm looking over my shoulder for my high school sewing teacher to scold me.

Pattern companies had the home ec teachers well indoctrinated. Here's a wonderful video, that illustrates Home Ec indoctrination. It's an ad-fest for Simplicty patterns in the age where they cost 25 cents.

Note how our heroine bastes the **entire dress** together by hand before sewing it. I think she had some experiences with the Sewing Police.

Pattern for Smartness, 1948

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For extra homemaking amusement, put "ironrite" in the search engine at this site and watch "Making a New Day Out of Tuesday" parts 1 & 2.

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Date: 3/1/07 11:56 AM

Ahh, the Sewing Police. Yep, this is one of the reasons I don't understand all the nostalgia for Home Ec classes. I found them oppressive and dumb. Most of what I learned about sewing and cooking was in spite of Home Ec, not because of it.

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Date: 3/2/07 1:06 AM

Regarding Home Ec and the Sewing Police:

I did eventually learn that both sewing patterns and cooking recipes are only SUGGESTIONS and not commandments.

My garment, my meal, my way.

CMC
Who still sometimes tests a pattern by following the instructions exactly. I am usually disappointed with the results. I really gotta quit doing that and go with my gut more often.

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