You probably don’t think of the lining fabric straight away when planning a new sewing project. But lining fabric is can important part of any garment, and provides the finishing touch. Let us explain what you need to keep in mind when working with lining fabric:
What is lining fabric?
This mostly unseen fabric is an important part of dressmaking. You need lining fabrics to underline sheer fabrics or to cover the inner workings of your sewing project. They are also helpful for adding body so that a garment falls and clings to the body better. A jacket or blazer is always better with a lining.
Lining fabrics also prevent sweat or dirt from getting into your clothes, and protect your main fashion fabric from wear. Many garments are more comfortable when you add a slinky lining fabric e.g. rough woollen clothes. Lining fabrics are also great for making non-visible parts of garments, like inner pockets or waistbands and waistcoat backs in men’s tailoring. As you can see: Anyone sewing clothes needs lining fabric.
At myfabrics.co.uk, we carry a range of high-quality lining fabrics from the brand Neva’viscon®. These lining fabrics stand out due to their skin-friendly, low-maintenance, durable and anti-static finish. They are especially suited to lining extra stylish garments. For stretchy fashion fabrics, we recommend using the stretch version.
If you’re looking for a lining fabric for curtains, you should use a black-out lining. This will ensure an extra-dark room, and you can use any decor-weight fabric to create curtains that won’t let in the light.
Our wide range of lining fabrics includes a huge range of colours and patterns.
- Also suitable for lining clothes like skirts, trousers, blazers, dresses and suits and for making underskirts
Properties of lining fabric
Various fibres can be used to make lining fabrics, including natural fibres, synthetic fibres and combinations thereof. A lining fabric should fulfil certain functions: It should glide, absorb moisture so it doesn’t stick to the body, balance temperature and not take on too much static. As a general rule: Lining fabrics made from viscose and acetate take on less static than polyester lining fabrics. However, polyester fibres may be treated to be non-static.
Lining fabric should promote a good body temperature and temperature balance. They should also give the garment more grip and make it easier to care for - as well as adding to the overall look, lining should also increase the garment’s practicality.
- Lining fabric is slinky, should absorb moisture, promote temperature balance and be non-static
Useful tips for working with lining fabrics
Cutting and sewing lining fabric requires a bit of skill, as these fabrics are generally slinky and can shift while you’re working. To make cutting easier, you should use a non-slip cutting surface. A cotton or linen cloth would be ideal.
Attach individual layers using pins as you sew. Tip: For easier sewing, use pins without heads and stick them into your fabric perpendicular to the stitching line. This means you can easily sew over your pins. It’s best to use a high-quality polyester thread with a size 60 universal sewing machine needle and a 2.5mm stitch length. If you want to sew the lining fabric to your fashion fabric, you should adjust your needle and stitch length to account for the fashion fabric.
- When cutting, you should use a non-slip surface
- Stick your pins into your fabric perpendicular to your stitching line
- When sewing lining fabric: high-quality polyester thread, universal needle (size 60)
- When sewing with fashion fabric, adjust needle and stitch length
Our tip: If you’re sewing a garment that requires freedom of movement, keep in mind that lining fabrics are generally not stretchy. You can add a slit to an underskirt or add pleats into a lining to account for this. Plan in enough seam allowance to make sure that your lining isn’t smaller than your fashion fabric piece.
Helpful tips on caring for lining fabrics
Most (standard) lining fabrics made from synthetic fibres should be washed and ironed at low temperatures. You shoud avoid using a tumble drier in most cases. Of course, care depends on the type of material: If a garment is made of several different materials, you should always keep the most fragile fabric in mind.
- Wash and iron at low temperatures
- Do not tumble dry
- Always adhere to the care instructions for the most fragile material when washing your finished garment
To sum it up...
Lining fabrics are a must for certain garments. You can decide what kind of lining to use, such as a jacket lining, pocket lining, high-quality designer lining fabric or polyester lining. Here’s a short summary of what you need to keep in mind before you buy:
- What kind of garment are you sewing? Jackets, trousers, skirts etc should be lined where possible.
- Lining fabric should be slinky, absorb moisture, promote temperature balance and be non-static
- When caring for your finished project, you should keep the fashion fabric in mind