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Date: 3/26/12 4:13 PM

I purchased some black dotted swiss (cotton) and plan to make a blouse. It's sheer enough that I'd like to underline the front and back for modesty. I have some plain black batiste I was planning to use for the underlining, but I'm having second thoughts because of course batiste wrinkles. Would I be better off using silk? And if so, which weight/weave?

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Date: 3/26/12 5:19 PM

I think your cotton dotted swiss fabric is going to wrinkle too, as just it's cotton also, so you are probably going to have to iron it after washing, just anyways. So if your lining is cotton also, probably would have to iron that at the same time. If you think you could get away without ironing the dotted swiss by it's self, and it does not look to wrinkly after washing it, then maybe you could line it with something like skin colored nylon tricot even, or some meshy kind of knit, as at least those don't need to be ironed. I think knit mesh might breath a bit better in summer than nylon tricot though.

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Date: 3/26/12 8:10 PM

Yes, I expect to regularly hand-wash and press the top. I'm going for a natural-fiber, breathable underlining because I expect to wear this top on sales calls (in and out of buildings and cars) in Houston in summer --- hot-hot-hot, humid, and sweaty!

I don't want to go with a cami.


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Date: 3/27/12 5:06 AM

I would just go ahead and sew up the dotted swiss without underlying and use the garment to layer over a silk cami or slip. It sounds as if you have a very fine quality of fabric and it's sheerness is something not to hide, IMO. A sheer dotted swiss can also be gathered and used as a neck scarf inset (view some Jane Austin movies to see what I mean)

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Date: 3/27/12 8:42 AM

If you don't want a cami, how about a silk tank top. It would be a looser fit and you could wear it with lots of other things ... you could even make it reversible. I'm with CathrynR ... would not underline a beautiful dotted swiss.

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Date: 3/27/12 11:42 AM

I've done several dotted swiss projects and underline in batiste. In using reasonably good quality 100% cotton batiste I have not had any problem with the batiste wrinkling more than the fashion fabric, and neither has wrinkled much at all--I don't iron unless a crease has somehow been folded into the fabric.

I always hang dry, which I think is key (and sounds like what you plan to do if you are hand-washing--I don't go that far!).

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