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Can interfacing be used for bodice lining?
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Subject: Interfacing as lining *New scanned instructions* Date: 6/14/07 4:34 PM

I am new to sewing, so this may be a dumb question. I am making Simplicity 3722 dress for myself and I'm using a pink cotton blend, which wrinkles very easily. I didn't buy lining for it. I don't really want to go back to the store. So can I just use interfacing for lining? Or can I use the same fabric as the dress for lining? Another question is I had to gather the bodice in the center front, do I gather the lining also when I put it on? I am really confused about that part. Thank you in advance for your help.
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Date: 6/14/07 4:42 PM

Hi, JessWelcome to PR and to sewing.

You can definitely use your dress fabric as a lining, if you want. If you are using iron-on interfacing, you can't use it as lining really, since it'll be fused to the back side of your fabric, although using interfacing will probably reduce wrinkling on its own.

Does the pattern call for lining, or is this something you want to add? If the former, then the instructions probably tell you when to attach the lining to the dress.

Here is a link to the pattern: Simp3722 so that others more experienced than me can easily chime in. :)

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Date: 6/14/07 5:02 PM

Hi Laura, thanks for getting back so quick, yes my pattern does call for lining. I didn't read all of the back of envelope or I would have got some lining at the store. (Note to self: next time read entire envelope.)

On the pattern instructions it says to do bodice lining same as for bodice. So would that mean gathering the lining same as I did for bodice? Seems like that would be a big bunch of fabic right in the center front. If I used lining maybe it wouldn't be so thick, is lining thin fabric? I'm not sure what to do.

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Date: 6/14/07 5:06 PM



I don't have the pattern or the directions to refer to, but it looks as if this bodice must be lined, probably with self fabric. Does it have you cut 4 fronts (two for left front and two for right front? Have you read the directions through?

I would not use interfacing for lining - too stiff. In fact I wouldn't interface a bodice like that as you want those gathers kind of soft over the bust anyway.
I would probably pleat the lining portion at the center front rather than gather it, just to reduce the bulk there.
I'd be interested in hearing how Simplicity tells you to construct this bodice.

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Date: 6/14/07 5:51 PM

I scanned the instructions, maybe I am reading them wrong. Let me know what you think, thank you.


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Date: 6/14/07 6:01 PM

you posted that you realized the bodice is lined as I was writing that last post.
If your fabric is soft enough, and if you have enough of it, I'd just go ahead and self line (use same fabric for lining as for face).
I would try to pleat that CF as mentioned though.
If your fabric is stiff or bulky you'll probably want to pick up a lining fabric. Think about comfort and the weather where you live. You don't need a slinky, slippery lining for this area, you can use a cotton batiste or broadcloth, or a polyester or rayon lining fabric.

Think about it as if you were picking it up in the store as RTW, would you expect to find the same fabric inside as out? That might help you decide.

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Date: 6/15/07 2:47 PM

Do not use interfacing as a lining. It is meant to stabilize and goes between layers of fabric.

Lining can be the same fabric as the garment, or a similar fabric, in weight and color, or it can contrast - you get to be the designer here.

For future reference - Jacket and coat linings are "slippery' because they have to slide over other garments.

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Date: 6/15/07 3:16 PM

Thank you all for your help.
As suggested I am going to use the same fabric for the lining. Its a good thing I bought extra of it.
Well I'm off to finish my dress now, thanks again!

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Date: 6/21/07 3:51 PM

I'm just starting this dress this afternoon and would love to hear how you made out with it. Any updates? Thanks!

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