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From: seeJanesew
Date: 09-19-2006, 06:52 AM (1 of 3)
Hello, quick question regarding batik fabrics. I would like to make a long straight skirt using a very pretty Caribbean looking Batik fabric.

I don't want a wrap skirt or pareo/sarong look so I would be using a long straight skirt pattern.

Can you use a liner with batik? I've not seen one yet but I just love liners with skirts. I tend to choose skirts with a poly liners (verses broadcloth liners) as it feels better against my skin.

Will it even look okay to use a liner to begin with?

Has anyone else used a liner with batik?

Thanks in advance, Jane:smile:
User: seeJanesew
Member since: 09-17-2006
Total posts: 3
From: DorothyL
Date: 09-19-2006, 08:24 AM (2 of 3)
Use a very thin lining fabric and let it hang free of the fashion fabric from the waste down.
And be sure you prewash the batik fabric the same way it will be washed when sewn into a garment.
I just learned the hard way (once again) PREWASH FABRIC YOU ARE GOING TO LINE.
Oh crap, prewash everything.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: paroper
Date: 09-19-2006, 08:50 AM (3 of 3)
I don't prewash everything but where you are going to be mixing fabric types I always DO! As for the lining, just make a second skirt and hang it free from the waistline with the seams between the lining and the skirt. The lining should hang about 1 inch shorter than the garment. Then, about an inch or two above the hem, attach the lining loosely to the side seams of the skirt with thread hangers...long thread that has traveled back and forth between the two pieces for about 1-1 1/2 if finished with "special knot" (wrap around the thread with your needle and then go between the loop and the thread to make a little knot in the thread. This is a little stronger than just loose thread. The thread hangers will keep your lining from crawling upward and your garment will look much nicer.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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