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micheleb
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Date: 5/25/13 9:57 AM

I have a few yards of a digitally printed cotton lawn. I really love this fabric but I confess I just don't have the courage to wear it as a fashion fabric. (It is a very bright tropical floral--sort of Hawaii in the 1970's, on acid.)

Anyway, I thought maybe this would be a good fabric to line a spring/summer jacket (I was looking at HotPatterns HP 1014). Has anyone ever used lawn cotton to line a jacket? I know plain lawn is used to line summer dresses and skirts, where the lining touches bare skin rather than rubbing against another fabric as with a jacket. This is a nice quality lawn so it's very smooth and soft, but it's not Bemberg (or similar) which is the usual choice for jacket linings.

Any thoughts?

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Date: 5/25/13 10:08 AM

Have you thought about making a robe or nightgown with it? I have done that with some of my questionable fabric choices......

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Date: 5/25/13 10:16 AM

That idea did cross my mind. Lawn cotton nightgowns feel so soft against the skin and are so cool in the summer. I may resort to that path, but I love crazy, colorful linings. I just don't how lawn cotton works as a lining since I've personally never used it that way(even to line a dress/skirt).
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Date: 5/25/13 10:27 AM

You may want to do the body (visible portion) of the lining in lawn but the sleeves in something more slippery because that's where it'll rub against whatever you're wearing underneath. I have a RTW jacket lined in cotton throughout and it's fine in the body but having cotton lined sleeves drives me mad: no matter how much I wriggle about, I can never get my shirt sleeves underneath to settle comfortably, they end up all rucked up and awkward.

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Date: 5/25/13 10:33 AM

Thank you for the suggestion. I didn't think of that, but it make perfect sense. There is so much friction between the sleeves and whatever is underneath so lining in a silky would be a good idea. Otherwise, its good to know you liked the cotton lining on the other parts of the jacket. I would hate to have a jacket that doesn't hang and flow properly because the lining is to clingy. But it sounds like that isn't a problem (except for the sleeves).

Thanks.

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Date: 5/25/13 1:40 PM

A favorite summer jacket of mine is lined with a 65 poly / 35 cotton fabric. The outer fabric is 100% cotton. Very comfy & the poly adds enough "slippery" to make sleeve adjustments work. The one minor problem has been the lining stretching a bit OR the outer fabric shrinking slightly. Maybe both? Doesn't show anyway.

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Date: 5/25/13 5:58 PM

I've recently lined a trenchcoat in a cotton silk that felt like a finer lawn and it works very well, even with the sleeves. I guess it depends on the style, the sleeves on my coat are not that fitted so there's plenty of space to get a cardigan through. I love the feeling of the cotton against my skin when I'm not wearing something long-sleeved underneath, and would definitely choose it over a lining fabric!

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Date: 5/25/13 6:34 PM

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond with your experiences and thoughts. I think I'm going to go ahead and use lawn to line a jacket. As I noted above I'm really drawn to the HotPatterns long jacket but, since I'm trying to use what I have, I'll poke around my stash to see if I can find something else I like as much. If not, well hello credit card!

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Date: 5/25/13 7:35 PM

I think your lawn will work out nicely to line your jacket. The suggestion to line the sleeves in something more slippery is a good one though!

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Date: 5/26/13 9:24 PM

Use both! I had a RTW jacket that was lined with cotton on the body and a slippery polyester on the sleeves. I'm considering doing the same in a coat on which I am currently working.

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