Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Fabric, Sewing | Comments Off on Linings

For our current project, I’ll be walking you through the process of lining your fitted skirt. I am doing that for a few purposes. Learning to line any item is an amazing skill to have. That’s because lined items have a much better structure and feel than unlined garments. A lining can make a scratchy fabric (see suitings) feel nice against your skin. It can also make a form-fitting piece of clothing slip right over the body. Linings can also stop a skirt from clinging to your legs. Further, putting a lining into a skirt can help reduce the need for more advanced types of fabric edge finishes. That’s because the lining protects the seam allowances from rubbing against your skin and fraying.

However, if you go into your fabric store and ask the nice people there for a lining, you’ll be pointed to a section that is made up of cheaply made polyester and/or nylon satin. They are nice and slippery, but they can be a true pain to work with. Though they are generally inexpensive, they fray extensively and, being synthetic, don’t breathe very well. Regardless, they are the most common lining in clothing you’ll buy off the rack. If you choose this type, make sure to choose a very strong finishing technique on the edges. I recommend the turn and stitch or the serge from my first edge finishing post.

However, there are a ton of other options out there to lining any project you might want. Here are some of them:

Cottons

It may seem a little counter-intuitive, but cotton makes an excellent lining material. It’s natural and breathable; it’s colourful and inexpensive; it’s smooth and soft. All these properties make for a very comfortable garment. If you want to make something really unique, choose a patterned cotton from the quilting section. There is one major downside to using cotton as a lining and that’s the fact that it shrinks quite a bit when it’s washed. Therefore, if you choose cotton, I recommend washing it in the hottest water your washing machine can produce and drying it on the highest setting of your dryer.

Rayon

There was a time that I would have put rayon into the same category as polyester and nylon. However, recently, rayon satin has become more amazing than it once was. As technology progresses, the ability to create fabric out of wood pulp has been revolutionized. In particular, bamboo rayon is especially luxurious.

Silk

High-end fashions use only silk for their linings.There’s nothing more luxurious or amazing. There are several options available such as silk charmeuse, China silk, and crepe de chine. However, silk is incredibly expensive and difficult to work with. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are very comfortable working with other delicate fabrics.

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