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Petticoat/lining question

(Grimm Exhibition) #1

Im thinking of making skirts but feel the fabric will be quiet sheer and will need a sewn in petticoat/lining. Id like to make them out of fabrics like cotton and silk.
Ive known certain skirts to bunch up as I walk so I think the petticoat/lining material has an effect on the skirt.
Are there any rules on what a petticoat/lining should be made of? Should it be synthetic?
Should I have a silk petticoat/lining for a silk skirt and cotton for cotton?

(Sasha Garrett) #2

This answer comes from someone who wears lined items rather than a seamstress… I find that slippy materials work better as a lining as I don’t get the bunching you mention, the lining can slip over my body/ under garments and the outer fabric can slip over the lining so everything moves nicely. I have items lined with silk or polyester pretending to be silk but can’t find any cotton linings in my skirts. (I do have jackets lined in cotton)
One thing I have discovered is that the linings and outers can shrink different amounts when washed so make sure your care label reflects that the item is perhaps best dry cleaned.
Does this mean you’ve decided on the item to make for your mission statement?

(Grimm Exhibition) #3

Thanks for your reply @SashaGarrett it makes total sense . Thinking back I recall my skirt bunching up as it was reacting with the non slippy tights on my knees that my petticoat didnt cover, hence it bunched up. Slippy fabric makes alot more sense.

I had an idea fo a cotton(from a fabric shop) skirt and had thought i should prewash it before making it.
But, in terms of my mission statement i have come up with a gorgeous idea for a beautiful skirt(its amazing in my head anyway) using my own printed fabric. It would look fabulous in silk but would cost a fortune for me to buy and then to sell on as well, so may have to do it in a cotton, which is still expensive for me and the buyer but not as much as silk. I guess i should just go for it. Seize the day and all that.

(Grimm Exhibition) #4

Just worked out that the silk alone will cost around £50!! slumps into chair feeling thoroughly defeated

(Sasha Garrett) #5

I’ve previously bought silk from , the lining fabric they sell to go with the silk is acetate or acetate/ cupro blend (cupro is a cellulose derivative like viscose). I’d make the skirt in silk and then line it in acetate to save a bit of money, if you use a heavier weight silk like a crepe de chine (which drapes and moves beautifully) it wouldn’t need lining at all but I don’t know what design you have in mind so I don’t know if that would work.
(As a jeweller I know exactly what you mean about the cost of materials - I can easily spend £50 on a stone for a project before I’ve added the metal costs etc - have to think very hard before doing that)

(Lizzie Gillum, Bedfordshire, Uk ) #6

I really do not like man-made materials, so I look for natural fabrics, such as cotton, linen, silk, bamboo (and sometimes rayon, since that is made from natural fibres). I like to have a lined skirt, but if it was made in a natural material, I would not buy a skirt lined with acetate / nylon / polyester.
I don’t know how many others feel the same, but it might be worth thinking about this.
On the subject of skirts bunching up, I wear linen or cotton skirts in summer, with a cotton slip, or cotton linings, but these do not bunch up.

(Lois Bell) #7

Look up a type of lining called “bremsilk”. It may be just what you need. I’ve used it in wedding gowns and it’s lovely to both work with and wear.