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lining children's garments
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KHinson
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Date: 3/10/10 9:16 AM

I am lining a child's dress: NewLook 6448. I would like to make another one but don't want to line it. What should I do?

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Date: 3/10/10 9:29 AM

Is it just the bodice that is lined? And if so, is it sleeveless?

If it's sleeveless, lining the bodice makes it easier to finish the armholes, neckline, button/zipper closure. Otherwise, you would need facings for the closure, and either facings or bindings for the other openings.

Personally, I prefer to line the bodice rather than these other techniques.

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Subject: lining childrens garments Date: 3/10/10 2:21 PM

I agree with Trinity. I would line the bodice, it makes for a much cleaner and more comfortable finish. For childrens garments, I always line with bleached muslin. It is very soft and comfy.

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Date: 3/10/10 2:52 PM

I line almost all of DGD's dresses -- at least the top but usually the skirt, also. I find it quicker to serge the skirt and lining together to the top at the waist instead of attaching the entire dress to the entire lining. I will either pull the lining through the shoulders or bind the arm and neck openings. Once in a while I will underline a skirt. I usually do not line most skirts unless the fabric is really light. DGD definitely does not want her underwear to show through -- of course it doesn't count if she is flipping upside down on the playground -- then it doesn't seem to matter who sees them.

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Sewn in 2012: 176.212 yds.
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
Total yards in inventory 1/1/14 -- 1752.5
Goal for 2014 -- 400 yards

Machines: Designer Diamond, #1+, H Class 100Q, and Viking 400 Serger: 936 Singer Coverstitch

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Date: 3/22/10 4:13 AM

I agree--lining the bodice makes things *much* easier to finish; those tiny curves at the neck/sleeve are a pain to face, and with the kind of wear a toddler's dress gets, facings don't do so well(they wad up or flip out) unless they're stitched down. I have done it with bias tape--lining is much preferred. Plus, if you cut the lining a bit longer--say, an inch--you can press the lining up a bit longer than the bodice will be, sew the skirt on the bodice, pin the lining down and stitch-in-the-ditch around the bottom of the bodice. No raw edges, no hand sewing! I wouldn't line the skirt, though.

If you *really,really* want to face the sleeve/neckline(probably everyone knows how to do this, but just in case) trace the armhole/neck curve, plus the shoulder and side seam/cf/cb, on a piece of paper. Add another line about 1 1/2 inches in from the armhole/neck from the shoulder to the center/side all along the curves. Voila; facings.

My daughter insisted on wearing little shorts under her dresses to avoid undie exposure; she adored skorts, too. They had to be 'turn-around' dresses; she hated slim skirts. Come to think of it, she still does(she's 9)

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Date: 3/22/10 5:12 AM

I have used bias binding or home made bias strips to finish the neck and arm holes of childrens dresses/pinafores. It looks fine with heavier fabric like corduroy. I can't get it perfectly flat with a thin cotton. I would definitely avoid facings if you could. Lining looks the best.

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Date: 3/22/10 11:19 AM

I wish DGD would wear shorts underneath her skirts or even skorts. DD had a battle with her this past year. The school kept sending home notes that she needed shorts under her dresses. When we had our long cold spell, DD got her into tights (it was a real struggle). Every so often she would wear pants, but not very often. I see so many cute pants and shorts outfit patterns, but I know they would just sit in her closet. (DD at age 6 refused to wear dresses or skirts, DGD refuses to wear pants.)

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Sewn in 2012: 176.212 yds.
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
Total yards in inventory 1/1/14 -- 1752.5
Goal for 2014 -- 400 yards

Machines: Designer Diamond, #1+, H Class 100Q, and Viking 400 Serger: 936 Singer Coverstitch

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