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Date: 10/9/10 12:08 PM

Hi. I'm trying to make a knit dress and wanted to put lining in it. The knit fabric I have is a cotton and polyester blend, I think. The lining I bought and cut out is non stretch, but I don't know how this will work for a knit dress. I cut the lining out in the same size as the dress, but was I supposed to make the lining larger to account for the stretch of the knit?

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Date: 10/9/10 12:23 PM

Your lining will not stretch as the knit will, and, depending on the size of the finished garment, is likely going to be too small. If you can tell us the pattern number, people might have more to say, but from my point of view, lining a knit with a woven cut in the same size is generally a mistake.

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Date: 10/9/10 12:43 PM

You should also use a knit for the lining. The only situation I could imagine where it might be possible to line a knit with a woven would be lining a stable double knit with a stretch woven, but I'm not sure I'd even do that.

So for this dress, I don't think you're going to be able to use the lining pieces you already cut. It's okay, we all make mistakes as beginners! See if you can save any the larger pieces for another project. For your lining you'll want to use a knit that is a little thinner and more slippery/smooth than your main fabric (kind of like you would with a woven). Something like a nylon tricot would be good. Emma One Sock has really nice knit lining fabric, and it's not very expensive either.

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Date: 10/9/10 2:59 PM

Thanks. So for knits, the rule is to use stretchy lining and cut in the same size as the main dress?

Ok. I guess I did screw up this one, but it's okay. I don't really think the dress needed a lining anyway, but I just wanted to practice putting a lining in. This is a vintage butterick pattern btw.

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Date: 10/11/10 2:42 PM

What type of fabric would you use to line a knit dress?

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Date: 10/11/10 4:13 PM

It depends on your fashion fabric, the degree of coverage you want/need, etc.

Some good fabrics to use:
Mesh (very light)
Tricot
Swimsuit lining (I love this stuff if you won't be wearing your dress in very hot weather, but know that it will weigh your garment down a bit)
Fashion fabric (great if you want to just line the bodice to avoid facings, etc.)

What NOT to use:
Wovens of any kind (including "stretch" wovens)
Any knit that will "grab" your fashion fabric, i.e. cotton knit...you need slippery fabric for your layers to not cling together).
Any knit that has very different stretch properties than your fashion fabric.

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Date: 11/26/12 1:22 AM

Great to see a discussion of this subject, I am new to sewing knits and was wondering how to approach linings. It seems from others comments that it better to use a synthetic stretch lining not natural fibre.

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