Sunday, 14 December 2014

Advice required - linings

Hi all, I need some advice for the blogisphere from those who line garments.

I do not. The reason being - I have a hot bod........... temperature wise that is.... LOL.

The 2 dresses that I have lined - the red one and the brown one - have gone to the  big sewing bin in the sky. I just couldn't wear them - they cooked me. I thought about taking out the lining but the actual fabric is too hot too.

In the midst of winter here in Sydney I would usually just add a thicker cardi and closed in shoes to my wardrobe. I did feel the cold last winter but that was in my very cold home. When I go out to work the premises are always well heated.

Now I need to use lining. It needs to be stretchy.

Any advice as to what to get and where to get it? I do have some stretch lining here but it is a little too thick for my liking. I did read somewhere that someone used swimming lining for clothing. Would that work?

Hope you are all having a superb weekend.

22 comments:

  1. I hear you about being cooked by lining. I have successfully lined cotton dresses with cotton voile and silk with silk which is heavenly. Re stretch lining Spotlight used to have it but don't seem to anymore. Contact Tessuti and The Fabric Store and see if they carry a smooth stretch lining. I have tried swimwear and lingerie type materials and they tend to cling.

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  2. I use stretch mesh (actually a lightweight power mesh) for lining knits. The open weave prevents me from overheating and is slippery enough for wearing over tights.

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    1. Thanks Anne, where do you buy it from?

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    2. I get mine from FashionFabricsClub.com.

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  3. I second Anne. Of course, it is sheer so it won't help much with see-thru issues. I see that amazon and etsy have some, but hopefully you can find a local source.

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  4. Living in Brisbane there are very few things I line... it has to be see through and I normally line in a light cotton voile. I know I bought power net at Metro Textiles in Sydney... they seemed to have plenty of different ones.

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    1. Thanks Summer Flies, I will check out Metro Textiles.

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  5. I've used nylon tricot, and I am a sweaty Betty. It's like the stuff slips are made out of, and I haven't had any problems with it. For wovens, I use silk habotai, or Bemberg rayons or for jackets silk charmeuse. Never anything synthetic except the rayon, which does breathe.

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  6. Summer Flies is spot on, last time I was at Metro Textiles they did have a good selection of powernet, in different weights, stretch factor and shades of nude, black etc. Definitely worth a look.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, I will definitely give it a try.

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  7. Darn cheap sell stretch lining but I don't know if it is sold online or if it will help with the heat problem. I usually just wear a cotton slip. Congrats on three years as well .

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  8. Can't help with the stretch lining - I've stashed some when I saw it - years ago - it may have been Spotlight, but they don't have it now.

    I never line summer dresses, and always wear natural fibres in summer, where possible. Any lining is in cotton voile or lightweight silk, but I don't line often - I wear slips if need be and take them off when I am too hot, or back home! Natural fibres wrinkle of course, which isn't always the best look for work.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. It is more for making a skirt into a dress. Will show what I mean on my blog when I get it done.

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  9. I have picked up (woven) silk charmeuse with some elastane in it which is fantastic stuff, from The Fabric Store, which I believe you now have in Sydney? Spendy but gorgeous. I know what you mean about heat, Beaj, I feel it too and I only wear light woven cotton or cotton silk from November to March, with a shrug to cover my arms if I have to. Otherwise I cook! I do lone these dresses, in voile or really lightweight silk/cottons.
    In winter, I wear wool. But never, ever, ever Polyester. I feel like I am going to explode!

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    1. Thanks Maryanne. I will think about the Fabric Store but am hoping not to spend too much $$$ as I want to create a few dresses with it.

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  10. I've used a stretch mesh like Anne and Angela suggest - I got mine from Tessuti fabrics. From memory it came in black, tan or cream and wasn't too expensive. I also saw lots of it in different colours at that shop on O'Riordan St in Alexandria that specialises in swimwear / dance fabrics - I think they called it powermesh - and it may well be cheaper there. I've tried slinky knits as well as linings and i find them too heavy.

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle - I haven't heard of the one in O'Riordan Street. I will check it out

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  11. Bev, Gabrielle is talking about the Remnant Warehouse, the second shop right next door to the one where we sew. I love using voile to line summer garments.

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