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Date: 4/4/13 6:45 PM

i'm making a version of simplicity 1873 in a stretch shirting. this, obviously, isn't one of the recommended fabric for the dress, but i love the added element of stretch and close fit it gives the bodice.

but i'm a novice when it comes to dressmaking and i'm in a bit of a quandary when it comes to lining it. what can i use that will still allow the bodice to stretch? i've only ever used ambiance and i'm not sure that will fit the bill here. i also want to line the skirt, but here stretch isn't an issue. suggestions, please?

also, i imagine the skirt on this dress is massively heavy - does it need a waist stay if my bodice is already stretchy?

i appreciate your advice in advance.
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Date: 4/4/13 10:43 PM

I sew woven patterns in knits all the time. You would need a stretch lining that has more stretch than the shirting. If the shirting isn't too heavy, you can self-line. You can opt to go without a lining unless the shirting is sheer or difficult to put on. There's lots of options.

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Date: 4/4/13 11:00 PM

thank you so much for replying! yes, i realized i would need some sort of stretch lining, just like you say - i'm just not sure what that would be. can you give me a specific example?

(i definitely want to use a lining so i don't need to use facings or bias tape to finish the neck and arm holes.)
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Date: 4/5/13 1:11 PM

sqzuni - Stretch shirting: I supose you're using a cotton poly with lycra. You need to consider differential shrinkage when you combine fabric types. Unless you're planning to dry clean the garment, I'd recommend laundering the fabrics the way you intend to after construction. The shirting will shrink somewhat. Better to know now than after you've done all that work.

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Date: 4/5/13 3:02 PM

You might consider a glissenette or light spandex mesh for the lining. Joann often has this in the swimsuit/dance department in black, white and nude. They call it swimwear lining and in my experience if you ask for glissenette at a Joann you get a blank look. You can also get it from Spandex World, Fabric Depot, and a few other places on the Internet.

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Date: 4/8/13 4:34 PM

The make woven stretch lining, I used in stretch corduroy jacket I made.

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Date: 4/8/13 10:00 PM

Since you are using a light weight fabric you could just use the same fabric to line it.
There aren't many stretch woven linings available, one being polyester, which I personally hate and stretch silk. If you don't use self lining use one of the light weight breathable knits for lining.

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