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From: nannylin
Date: 09-12-2006, 09:44 PM (1 of 6)
Hi. I just finished knitting an aran sweater for my granddaughter who is 3. I would like to sew a flannel lining for the sweater. I was going to trace the pieces (including raglan sleeves) and add a seam allowance when I realized that the sweater will also stretch somewhat. I don't want the lining to be too tight.

Does anyone have a tip as to how much bigger I should make the lining pieces to compensate for the stretch of the sweater:nc: ? Thanks.
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From: Bekka
Date: 09-14-2006, 08:35 AM (2 of 6)
If you line it, the sweater won't stretch. At least none have that my parents have. The lining keeps it from stretching. It's like lining a knit skirt, it keeps the knit from forming a....butt mold, even when your no longer sitting down. As long as the lining gives her plenty of room you have nothing to worry. However I haven't lined a sweater, just looked at my Dad's. There for I know just enouph to get YOU in trouble LOL. :bg: but not intentionally! :coffee2:
Hope this helps.
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From: MaryW
Date: 09-14-2006, 09:14 AM (3 of 6)
Wow, what a good question. I have no idea of how to answer it. I am thinking some of the yarn pattern books may have instructions. Good luck and I hope you find an answer soon.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 09-16-2006, 02:10 PM (4 of 6)
I would use a t-shirt knit instead.. That way it would give with the sweater..:bg: :bg:
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From: VenusElaine
Date: 09-16-2006, 06:15 PM (5 of 6)
I agree with Libby. Much of the high end RTW I alter has begun to include a lining with lycra if the fashion fabric is stretch in any way.

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From: nannylin
Date: 09-17-2006, 08:16 AM (6 of 6)
Thank you for your comments. I got impatient and gave it a try. I found a site that recommended leaving a 1.5 inch seam allowance but only sewing a .5 inch seam in the lining fabric. I left a 2 inch pleat in the center back (from top to bottom) and that lets her move her shoulders. I tacked the lining at the armpits. Then I sewed it above the ribbing on the bottom and sleeve cuffs. I stretched the sweater while I did this. The toughest part was sewing it around the neckline. Because I left so much extra lining fabric, there are a bunch of small tucks to make it fit. If I were more talented I would have fashioned some darts to shape it! LOL

I used flannel, which feels nice and snuggly. If I had read your comments first, I definitely would have used a tee shirt for stretch!

This is a wonderful forum--I can always count on expertise from posters.

User: nannylin
Member since: 02-27-2006
Total posts: 47
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