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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > slips and skirt linings ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Does a slip replace this need for a lining?
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Date: 11/18/12 4:53 PM


The Message Board has educated me that linings have purposes beyond warmth and modesty.

I have gleaned, suprise!, that among other things,a lining can increase the longevity of your skirt.

What i think i've understood is that a lining transfers some of the stress caused by your body inhabiting your skirt AWAY FROM the skirt seams and fabric, TO the lining itself.

ok. assuming the above is true, here is my question:

IS A SLIP AS GOOD AS A LINING FOR PROLONGING THE LONGEVITY OF YOUR SKIRT?

... because do I ever dislike lining skirt


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Date: 11/18/12 5:18 PM

personally I'd say it depends on the style of the skirt and the fabric it is made from. A wool pencil skirt is going to have a lot more stress on the seams and fabric than say a cotton circle skirt.

I've made a full slip which I have had loads of use out of. Its great for projects which would be a real headache to create a lining for. There is one dress for example which required something like 10 waist darts. I really didnt have the patience to repeat that in a lining!

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Date: 11/19/12 6:22 AM

I don't think it's the wearing as much as the cleaning. A lining supports (reinforces) areas of stress on the fabric and seams. Those are not only stressed by wearing but by laundering/dry cleaning. So I wouldn't worry about wearing or not wearing a slip.
Back in the days we laundered slips and undergarments often. We wore dresses 2-3 times, sometimes more. We kept them covered with aprons. Clothes lasted longer because they weren't exposed to the cleaning process as often as today.
Kids had play clothes- simply garments that could take scrubbing. We would never consider getting our school clothes dirty- had to wear them at least 2-3 days.
Oh dear! I have digressed again- getting ready for the old folks home I suppose...

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Date: 11/19/12 8:04 AM

I remember too, and girls had to wear skirts/dresses to school, no pants. We all had slips or crinolines for that flouncy look. Hanging clothes on the line probably was much better for fabrics than today's dryers.
For the sometimes semi-sheer summer skirts and sundresses, slips are available again, so I'm purchasing/sewing one to wear with many instead of adding all those linings.

Note:
Interesting article from Bloomberg News about "Fashion Fatigue."
The young ones with limited budgets are fed up with poor quality throw-away styles. One young college coach said, "I can wear Forever 21 or H&M a max of 2-3 times before seams start falling apart or they shrink. Now that we're out of school, we need professional clothes that last."
Gap, for one, is going for better quality at a higher price and others are beginning to notice the demand.

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