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Do I line or just wear a cami underneath?
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Date: 3/26/13 6:36 PM

I took advantage of the fabric.com sale to buy small amounts of fabrics that I was interested in but not sure how they felt. I got some rayon prints to make tanks and try the Kirsten Kimono top. The print I really like is quite a bit more see through than I expected. Not sure what to do- do I need to get a light color rayon jersey to use as underlining or should I just sew it up and wear a cami/tank underneath as I have to do with my RTW shirts? The other thing I was considering is to use a solid rayon I got that coordinates nicely, but is very dark, and do a reversible top.

Thoughts and suggestions appreciated!

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Date: 3/26/13 7:33 PM

I live in a hot humid state also and am going to suggest that you plan to wear a separate camisole.

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Date: 3/27/13 5:38 AM

Also in Florida and agree with a7yrstitch! Rayon knit can be hot! recommend a cami underneath. Will be cute.

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Date: 3/27/13 6:41 AM

Tell me about the sheerness! I also ordered lots of rayon knit at one point from fabric.com and it was so sheer, almost see-through. Very lightweight. I now pay careful attention because when their knits say "lightweight", I avoid cuz I tend to like my knits with a little beef.

I've been trying to use up my stash as best as I can and using the rayon knit in a double layer for garments. The only thing with that is that the fabric is so shifty it gives me a headache. However, my stash is going down! I can't wait for these rayon knits to be used up.

I really wish I would have returned at least two of the four color I ordered though. Hindsight is always 20/20.
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Date: 3/27/13 7:39 AM

For a kimono top I would wear a cami underneath. I have done other styles like a cowl neck and lined the front and back to just under the bra band. Recently I sewed a top from a lightweight knit and lined the front piece all the way to the hem. For the back piece I just cut a little bigger size so it wasn't clinggy. Try to wash a square of the fabric to see what it will look like afterwards. I've had some light knits shrink and loose that sheir look.

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Date: 3/27/13 8:28 AM

I have made t's with a double front, and the sewed the two together at the neckline and then flipped on side to the inside. You could do this with a tank top, too. But I agree.... Cami all the way.

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Date: 3/27/13 11:07 AM

Marcy Tilton has a very good tutorial on her website on cutting and sewing a double layer t. She uses it single layer for sleeves. Of course you have to have enough yardage!

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Date: 3/27/13 11:47 AM

Peggy Sagers from Silhouette patterns talked about this in one of her webcasts or DVD's. I watch her all the time so I am not exactly sure, but I think it was on the Making Beautiful Sheers Simple DVD

Anyway, Peggy uses fusible tricot interfacing to make sheer fabric wearable as a top. She showed examples of sheers with no interfacing, with black interfacing and with white interfacing. Depending upon the fabric, which color interfacing you use really brings out the colors on the fabric. And it's not always the white that does it best. And of course, if you're adding sleeves, well those you would leave sheer or unfused. Very interesting!

Peggy sells interfacing I would imagine hers is as good quality as Fashion Sewing Supply sells. But they sell ivory colored too.

So my point is to use tricot interfacing for your tops. Fabric still stays flexible and soft with it in but not see through.

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Date: 3/27/13 1:52 PM

I find a cami way, way hotter in summer than a double layer of fabric. The cami (if you're doing a knit one) is fitted so there is no air circulation, where a t-shirt with ease means the fabric won't touch your skin. Plus, when added to the bra it creates a jumble of straps that show underneath the sheer fabric. My vote is for self-lining, and see if you can get away with self-lining only the front.

But this is why i have given up on rayon jersey altogether, at least ordering it online. I have never found a good quality opaque rayon jersey that has recovery and doesn't get a crackled finish in the wash.

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Date: 3/27/13 8:54 PM

I have an expensive RTW lightweight rayon top with a partial self-lining. Like a long facing that extends to mid section, finished with nice elastic that just sits close to the body, kind of like a baggy shelf bra.

I would consider a very lightweight woven silk wide strap cami/tank top - I bought one on impulse and can't beleive how often I wear it. Looking for fabric to make one.

Those RTW stretch poly knit camis are too clammy for me too.

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