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Sew Sew Sandi

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Date: 5/19/12 11:17 PM

I made a pair of white pants but ain't no way I can wear them without a pants liner! I used SW Plaza Pants pattern so lining them wasn't practical. I purchased some ecru Bemberg lining to make the liner and will use LC's One Seam Pants pattern. I would like to use the selvege as the bottom of each pant leg. Will this use of the cross grain rather than the length of grain cause any problems when I wear the liner? I don't want it to pull. What do you think?

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Date: 5/20/12 8:53 AM

Cross grains are more stretchy than straight grains. You might eventually get some folds in the lining, especially around the hip area if you do this. If you want to finish the edges of the lining (which leads me to believe that's why you want to use the selvedges), why not do a small rolled hem? The weight of the hem will hold the pant leg down and straight.

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Date: 5/20/12 11:48 PM

Thanks for your response. The more I've been thinking about it, the more I thought I'd go with the regular grain like you suggested. I could do either a rolled hem or a picot edge.

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Date: 5/22/12 8:34 AM

I strongly suggest the rolled hem, especially if it is on your machine, as opposed to your serger, as the weight of the folding over will allow the hem to hang more straight and not curl up.

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Date: 5/22/12 11:06 AM

You could maybe also add some pretty lace trim at the hem. No one else would see it but you'd know it was there and it might help weight hem down to prevent from rolling?

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Date: 5/23/12 6:03 PM

using lace also means there's a gradual opacity change where the lining ends rather than an abrupt finish that can sometimes be very noticeable under a sheer fabric.

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