Hi, I am making a summer dress for a wedding (I am attending not getting married). Would the lining add an a crispness and finish to the garment that would be better than facings the pattern calls for?
It depends on what kind of a look you would want the dress to have. Putting in a lining is definitely going to lend to a more finished look on the inside of the dress and will also give more body to the shape. Facing is mainly used for finishing raw edges like a sleeveless bodice or a neckline with no collar. Also, if you want your dress to appear more flowy and light, than I would just do the facing and skip the lining. You also have the option of doing half and half if the pattern you’re working on has a separate bodice and skirt piece. So you can do the facing in the bodice but add a lining to the skirt portion. Also, keep in mind that the lining might make the dress warmer to wear in the summer. I’d love to see it when you finish. 🙂
Well, I do want to line the dress, however, professor pincushion has a point, it will be late June and will be hot. Any ideas for a lining that would be breathable, cool, and provide structure? (Not that I want my cake and eat it too, lol) Does anyone have ideas or suggestions, I know that my “wants” are big. I am a new sewer of garments, anyone with tips or tricks, I will take all that I can get. Thank you and look forward to hearing your ideas.