Thursday, January 10, 2013

Calling on all stretch experts!

Readers, I've got a sewing problem that I'm hoping you can help me with!

As you know, I've just started sewing with stretch this fall, so I don't really know what I'm doing.

At the moment, I'm in the process of making a black peplum skirt (fabric: rayon & spandex blend), but I realized tonight that it clings to my tights and rides up when I walk. It seems it needs a lining!

Not actually me in the actual skirt, but my skirt looks almost identical to this one! (source)
The issue is, the fabric has quite a bit of stretch to it, and I want to make sure the lining stretches along with the fabric when I move -- so the lining also needs to have stretch in it! The other thing is that the skirt is quite fitted (although perhaps not as much as in the picture above), meaning that simply using a "bigger" Bemberg lining (as in, to account for the stretch) would be too bulky and the bumps would show underneath the skirt.

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So Readers, what kind of lining should I use in this case?? And should I attach the lining to the skirt since it has a vent?? Or should I only wear this skirt bare-legged? Please help!!
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10 comments:

  1. Try Googling polyester stretch lining, or stretch silk charmeuse. These should have the same characteristics as your stretch woven skirt, but still be slippery enough to prevent clinginess. I'm guessing that you can just slip stitch it to your vent. Good luck!!!

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  2. I'm no expert but I'd try a slippery knit if the fabric is really stretchy - tricot or something like that. Sometimes I attach linings to the vent and sometimes not but I'd think you'd want to with this one to keep it in place. Good luck, I hope you find a way to make it work!

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  3. Stretch mesh lining or knit lining and if you can't find those get some stretch satin with the max amount of crosswise stretch you can get (somewhere near what the outer fabric has) and have at it. Best of luck.

    EditAnd please get rid of the recaptchas. I've had 4 goes already and I'm out of patience.

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    1. I'm sorry that thing is giving you a hard time. Thanks for your suggestion!

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  4. They seel stretch lining at Fabricland here, so they might have it at Fabricville too? I've also used PowerNet as a skirt lining before - It's stretchy, but falls straight and is quite slithery, so it works! If all else fails - A slip?

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  5. What about wearing a slip? I wear slips with all my knit dresses and skirts. Good luck.

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    1. really? Do you make your slips yourself? in what fabric?

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  6. I can't add anything to this since I've only started sewing with stretch fabrics, but very interesting to read the suggestions!

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  7. I agree, I wear a slip when I'm having a problem between tights and skirt, although it would have to be slim fitting to not get bunched under this skirt. Slippery rayon knit might be a good fabric since it also won't cause static build-up.

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