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Date: 11/9/12 9:57 AM

I have some nice wool crepe in my stash that I would like to use to make a pair of dress pants. My question is must I underline it, or can I use the fabric as is without underlining or lining?

Thanks, Lorraine

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Date: 11/9/12 10:16 AM

Wool crepe is OK next to the skin (not scratchy) so you don't HAVE to line them. It's whatever is your preference.

However, if I was making them for myself, I would either underline the back halfway down or do a half-length lining so the back doesn't get stretched out from sitting. Wool crepe is pretty flexible that way and I think that the pants will wear better if lined.

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Date: 11/11/12 6:15 PM

While you probably don't have to line them, I would in order to avoid butt and knee "spring" meaning the fabric will stretch and pooch out in those areas. If I were going to all the trouble (say nothing of the expense) to sew a pair of pants in wool crepe, I would want to take the small extra step of lining them. Good luck whatever you decide and please post a review for us.

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Date: 11/12/12 9:45 AM

You don't *have* to, but since wool crepe is a bit of a loose weave and has some springy "give" to it you may want to line it to help it maintain the shape. I used to try to avoid lining wool garments to save $$, but it looks so much better when you add one.

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Date: 11/12/12 10:03 AM

Definitely line - first to avoid the bum and knee stretch others have mentioned but also you will find the pants hang much better with a lining

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Date: 11/12/12 10:35 AM

line
in silk
or maybe a silk-substitute jersey knit for sportiness and wearability

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Date: 11/12/12 11:06 AM

I think I would underline them with silk organza after carefully preshrinking the wool crepe by having it drycleaned (not just pressed and steamed) and pre-washing the organza. That's how I made a pair a few years ago. It really supports the fabric and prevents stretching over the rear and knees By the way - I didn't line them.

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Date: 11/12/12 12:19 PM

Silk organza has such different hand from wool crepe. Wouldn't you lose all the drapiness from the wool if you do it that way?

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Date: 11/12/12 4:15 PM

Okay, I will definitely line the pants. I did shrink them using Pam Erny's method of putting in the dryer with a very damp towel. It shrunk some but I may also steam with my iron to see if it shrinks more. I have some nice silk chiffon, I may try to line with that. I also have some silk organza and cotton batiste. Thanks for all the advice!

Lorraine

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Date: 11/12/12 4:49 PM

I wouldn't underline; it doesn't wrinkle a lot, but I would line them. One it feels fabulous, it keeps your rear end and knees from stretching and it also makes your lovely pants last longer.
If you are on a budget use Bemberg rayon. If you want to splurge use silk charmeuse, crepe de chine or light twill. If it's a dark color you can use any color or even a print for the lining.
Make sure you pre shrink! Wool crepe really shrinks quite a bit. Sandra Betzina suggests that this is a fabric to send to the cleaners for steaming. You can try Pam Erny's method of wet towels in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.
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