Member since 6/21/04
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 9/29/05 10:19 AM
Would a stretch charmeuse be appropriate for a jacket lining? (The jacket fabric is a lightweight wool blend boucle. The pattern is fitted w/ back & front darts, and princess seams.)
I think using a stretch charmeuse would make the jacket feel extra soft and cozy, but am not sure a stretch is appropriate, nor that it has enough "slip & slide"
I looked through my closet last night and found that most of my jackets are lined w/ acetate and a few are lined with poly, rayon, nylon and blends. All synthetics, no silk in sight and just a hint of stretch w/ one jacket lining listing 5% lycra. (Brands included designers ranging from Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, and Fash-ion-is-ta to Charter Club, etc.) So, no help there.
Any sort of comment is most welcome.
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Member since 4/14/04
In reply to celeste
Date: 9/29/05 10:32 AM
In general, I wouldn't use a stretch fabric to line a non-stretch garment, although non-stretch silk charmeuse CAN make a very nice lining. I think that synthetics are used in RTW mainly because of cost, but also durability. Silk is strong, but I think it's a little more fragile than most synthetic lining fabrics. The nice thing though, is that it "breathes".
I guess it really depends on how much stretch this particular fabric has. You might be able to get away with it if the fabric isn't too stretchy.
Member since 4/4/02
Date: 9/29/05 11:14 AM
Oh yes! I've seen several Chanel jackets over the years that used silk charmeuse with lycra for the lining. Yum!
Member since 3/5/03
Date: 9/30/05 5:00 AM
Celeste, I've used stretch and nonstretch silk charmeuse for lining jackets. The stretch charmeuse that I've used have been a little more bulky and less drapey than the nonstretch, but on the plus side I found them easier with which to work.
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Member since 3/20/02
Date: 9/30/05 7:04 AM
Celeste, another vote here in the yes corner!
It's incredibly comfortable to wear.
You did make a muslin, didn't you?
Member since 5/2/05
Date: 9/30/05 7:49 AM
Celeste, I would not hesitate for a moment to use stretch silk charmeuse or silk charmeuse as a jacket lining. The feeling is luxurious and you'll never wish to return to a synthetic lining. Many students/customers prefer the stretch charmeuse in their close fitting jackets. And, each new stretch silk that comes my way is slightly different in weight and hand.