Sewing Tip – Make the Lining First

Here’s an oldie-but-goodie (I first published it in 2002) that I was reminded of today when working on my coat. When working with a pattern that calls for a lining, I construct the lining first, especially if the lining is made from the same pattern pieces as the garment itself. This is useful for a number of reasons. First, when I am making up a pattern, once I get through the fashion fabric, the lining becomes *really boring*, and I am tempted to cut corners. By making the lining first, I avoid the feeling of “lining fatigue”. Second, and most importantly, by making the lining before setting shears or rotary cutter to fabric, I can check my fit, and use the lining as a faux muslin. This is not meant to replace a muslin, but it allows you to tweak fit and do some fine tuning before working on the outer garment fabric. You can then transfer any adjustments with a minimum of hassle.

I did this with the lining of my coat, and it really does make it less of a chore to make the lining.
Happy sewing!

7 thoughts on “Sewing Tip – Make the Lining First”

  1. Rhonda M. says:

    THANK YOU for this reminder. We all need them from time – to – time, and I needed this one now. Happy Sewing.

  2. Michael Theisen says:

    This sounds like a great idea! In fact, I’m contemplating a bomber jacket in wool and cashmere, interlined with cotton flannel. I plan to make a muslin of the flannel, then disassemble those pieces and use them for the interlining. I’ll feel better before slicing into the spendy outer fabric. Thanks for the post!

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