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Lining gives your garment a smooth, luxurious feeling for added comfort as well as a quality finished, custom-made look. It is either cut from the same pattern pieces as the garment or from separate lining pieces. It is assembled separately, then sewn into your garment by hand or machine.
A lining prolongs the life of the garment. It does this by:
The lining fabric should not affect the fit or characteristics of the outer fabric. Generally, it should be softer and lighter in weight than the outer fabric, but not so lightweight as to reveal ridges and bumps from the construction details. A lining fabric that is too firm for the fashion fabric may distort the silhouette of the garment.
Lining fabrics should be static-free, smooth and slippery to help your garment slide easily over your other apparel, especially if it’s a jacket or coat.
Color is important in choosing a lining fabric, especially for a jacket or coat where the lining may show when the garment is worn open. Choose a color to match your fashion fabric or go bold with a flashy print or stripe. If the lining fabric is darker than the outer fabric, make sure that it does not show through to the outside of the garment.
When selecting a lining fabric, consider how often you plan to wear and clean your garment. Delicate fabrics, such as China silk, can be used for lining garments that will occasionally be worn and cleaned, but will not last in a garment worn or dry cleaned often. Lining fabrics, like interfacings and underlinings, must be able to receive the same care as the outer fabric.
When shopping for a lining, note the special characteristics of the fabric listed on the bolt in addition to its fiber content. The majority of trade name linings are colorfast, perspiration-proof, wrinkle-resistant and have non-cling finishes as well as other desirable attributes.
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