30 May 2010

What is Flat-lining?

According to WikiAnswers:
Flat-lining is sewing your the lining and shell pieces of your project (wrong sides together) before you assemble. You then treat the flat lined piece as one; flat lining allows for a heavier weight to the material which can aid construction.

It is really mostly used in corsetry, but I felt it was appropriate in the case of my shorts, because I was using VERY thin fabric and hopefully it will help to act as a bit of a built-in-girdle. When I learned to do it we actually serged the pieces together, but as I don't have a serger I just sew mine at about 2/8 seam allowance.
I hope that answers the question about flat-lining!

And what!
I came across this on RI's cragislist a few days ago:
I am desperatley seeking to find old sewing patterns from the 40's 50's 60's or any others you may not be using. I really love the clothing styles and they don't make these anymore. You would be awesome if you replied nto my ad or called me @ ...
I will return all calls

Excuse me?! I am the only vintage-loving Rhode Islander that I know of. Where is this person from? Who are they?
I sent them an email...we'll see!


  1. Thanks, Lisette! Totally helpful. I've finally got the Ruby pattern printed! I'm hoping I'll get my sewing machine set up by tomorrow and start sewing with all of you :)

  2. OK, another question, and perhaps this is obvious: What size buttons are you using for the Ruby? I can't find it on the pattern/instructions, though that may be due to the obtuseness of BurdaStyle's directions (they always confuse me!). I took advantage of Joann's sale but now looking at the pattern, I think I've got the wrong size. No biggie, but thought I'd ask.

    And you should check out the sale -- I ended up picking up the Project Runway pattern you posted about yesterday. I've been eyeing it, but reviews have been mixed, but hey, for $1, I'll try it! :)


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