I've purchased a few items on ebay recently and I need to make a lining to
an open weave sweater and a shell like 'blouse' that I would need to attach
to a skirt. In my overweight state I have a droopy waistline. The shell
would serve like a dress would to keep the skirt at a level 'waistline'.
So the question becomes, what lining material is the most comfortable and
breathable? (I perspire abundantly, family trait) If this cannot be
accomplished by a traditional apparel lining fabric would a drapery lining
Awaiting your responses,
AK in PA
Bemberg is a lining that breathes and can be washed and dried by
machine. It is engineered to be anti-cling and it resists
wrinkles. It wears well and has a soft silky hand.
Because it resists wrinkling at the knees and in the seat area,
Bemberg makes a good lining for skirts and slacks. Rayon
breathes, allowing finished garments to be more comfortable."
can vouch for the excellent service at denverfabrics.com.
It depends on what the shell is made of, and how you plan to launder or
clean it. I like 100% cotton batiste for lining things like that IF it
is compatible with the face fabric.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
Me, too. So, I wash fabric before cutting it. If it doesn't survive,
it goes in the rag bin. It's amazing how many fabrics that claim to be
dry-clean only, wash very well. There is often some shrinkage, though.
I'll finalize my choice when I actually go to look for the fabric. What
good, has a nice hand, coordinates well and has a good price.
Unless it is really unwashable and I know this ahead of time, I wash and
machine dry everything before I cut it. Not only to find out its
washability but I am very sensitive to some chemicals. Which ones? Who
The only other reason I might not wash a fabric before hand is that it would
be better to do it that way for the purpose of cutting and sewing the
I'll keep all the suggestions I get in mind.
AK in PA
If these are knit instead of woven, I'd match a knit lining to them -- my
choice would be a silkweight wicking polyester.
Otherwise, this list may help:
Heat retention of fibers, from best to worst (so you want poor heat retention --
go for something low on the list):
(Kadolf, et al. 1993. Textiles, 7th ed. Macmillan)
1) this is a list of fibers, not fabrics--a closely woven fabric
of a "cool fiber" can be warmer than a not so closely woven
fabric of a "warmer fiber". A textured weave may be more
comfortable than a plain weave.
2) these are for unmodified fibers. Some of the engineered fabrics
can be remarkably comfortable under certain conditions. For instance,
a cotton t-shirt soggy with sweat and plastered to me is one of my
unfavorite sensations. In fairly low humidity, I find some of the
lighter wicking polyesters (particularly the micromesh types) are
more comfortable to me.
3) color does play a part... white reflects light energy, black absorbs
4) some of the fibers on the list include things that I'd sooner
walk across hot coals barefoot than sew... acetate is a fiber I
particularly dislike working with, fwiw.
On Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:12:34 -0500, "AK&DStrohl"
Linen for lining. You might buy the thin, coarse fabric some stores
call "handkerchief linen" -- about USD8/yd at fabric.com -- and wash
it in hot water and bleach to make it thinner and softer.