Underlining — right idea, wrong fabric

With encouragement from Corinne in Sewtopia, I’m back on track to underline my cotton blouse. She suggested batiste, the idea being that my inclination to underline wasn’t off base, just my fabric choice. A little research showed that batiste is also good for underlining silk, and the next project is a silk top that I wanted to underline so no hemstitches would show.

The idea of hemstitches that might show on the right side of either the current project or the upcoming silk project was making me queasy. I figured I’d better try out the underlining on the cotton project before tackling the silk.

So, tonight (after dropping off my daughter and her friend at a Girl Scout event and before picking them up again), I had just enough time to scoot over to JoAnn’s and track down the one bolt of white cotton-poly batiste hiding within the muslins. There was five yards left, so I took the whole darn thing. Batiste is a really lightweight fabric, handkerchief weight, I’d say. It shouldn’t add too much body to the main fabric, but will give me that all-important additional layer to hide my stitches in. My polka dot fabric is coral with white dots. I couldn’t find a thread to match the coral color, so I went with a slightly darker, almost rust, color. With the batiste being white, I may change my mind on thread color.

Of course the lining for the skirt is off-white, but I’m not back-tracking on that. I just can’t face the idea!

I think I spend at least as much time strategizing my projects as I do actually making them. But then I tend to overthink thoroughly think through everything.

How some people sew one or more garments in a week is beyond me!

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4 thoughts on “Underlining — right idea, wrong fabric

  1. Corinne September 9, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Dear Jean Marie, I am so glad you found an alternative. I learned the multi-uses of batiste several years ago while taking classes with Martha Pullen. Underlining a garment/part of a garment will increase the life of the garment and is also a wonderful lining technique. I have a wool sensitivity and need to line everything, including sweaters. Can’t wait to hear about your experience.


    • Jeanne Marie September 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

      Corinne, it sounds like you’ve been to a lot of fantastic classes! When ASG was near here (literally, one block from my work), I went. I had a great time, but I took all business and home dec classes because I had my business at that time. I really want to take some garment classes, but for now there’s lots to learn on the Internet. I’m curious, do you allot for turn of the cloth? Most techniques I’ve read do not. I wonder how critical that is for thinner fabrics.


  2. Funnygrrl September 9, 2011 at 5:11 am

    How does the underlining hide the stitches? Are you doing a blind hem stitch and only catching the underlining?
    Am I jumping ahead? Great reminder on using batiste. Thanks!


    • Jeanne Marie September 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Funnygrrl, yes, a blind hemstitch. This top pattern has a neckline facing all the way around, sleeve facings and a 1 1/2 hem. I want to stitch the facings down with a blind hemstitch, and my fabric is thin. I just hate the idea of those stitches showing through! You have not jumped ahead; you’re right with me!


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