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McCalls 6204
Lining oversized caftan
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Date: 7/23/11 3:03 PM

okay, I am thiinking about making 6204, view b, but ankle length. However, I was thinking of either lining it, or making it reversible with either interfacing or some muslin in between to stabilize the neckline, and having decorative stitching.

any ideas on how to do this? thanx.

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Date: 7/24/11 12:13 PM

I looked at the dress and , which seems to require a very drapey fabric, and don't understand why you would want to line it or make it reversible.

Reasoning: lining a dress is most common when the dress has many seams or a great deal of structure. With a flowing dress such as this one, lining may not move together with the dress and may bunch strangely.

Making it reversible would not save work or weight. If you made the garment reversible, you are essentially making two garments and then connecting them at the neckline and maybe at the hems. If one fabric droops more than the other, this could be a problem. Also, it will be heavy when washed.

My advice is : if you want two layers for this dress for some reason (opacity?), then go ahead and make two separate versions of the dress, not connected in any way. You can then wear either on the outside.

As to the subject of muslin for the decorative stitching, that's an option but it will stiffen that part of the garment and interfere in the flow. I would use tear-away stabilizer on the inside of the garment for my decorative stitching.

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Date: 7/24/11 4:02 PM

okay thanx. I was thinking of lining it because it says from my lining class that lining helps things last longer, be more durable, etc.

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Date: 7/24/11 6:14 PM

what about underlining it?

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Date: 7/24/11 7:17 PM

All my reasons above apply to underlining too. Most of these drapey fabrics are not intended to be real durable no matter how you slice it. Lining is best for a skirt, jacket, slacks (really helps durability with slacks), coat, vest. These garments, if lined, are usually relatively tailored items. A caftan, as you are making, is not made with a lining as far as I know.

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Date: 7/24/11 7:39 PM

oh okay thanx. I was sort of just wanting to put my underlining class into practise. thanx sew much.

on another note - any ideas on making it last as long as can be?

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Date: 7/25/11 2:02 PM

some people use satin quilt binding around the inside of the lower hem, to mae it more sturdy in case you step on it. I have never had a caftan wear out, though. Use quality fabric and wash/dry it appropriately, and you should be okay.

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Date: 7/25/11 5:03 PM

okay, thanx sew much. I appreciate it.

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