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Give Some Thought To… Linings That Pop

Look at this fantastic lining! Tsumori Chisato trench coat.

Just a quick thought as we head into this Labor Day weekend…

The next time you buy lining fabric for that coat or jacket you’re making, think about using a print instead of a boring solid color. Imagine wearing the trench coat above and then flashing everyone with that cool lining. Sarah Jessica Parker, a Mood NYC customer, buys silk prints to line her coats because she likes the unexpected surprise of a print lining. I replaced the lining on a friend’s J. Crew coat with a charmeuse print, and my friend says she gets more compliments on the lining than she does on the coat.

So instead of automatically reaching for a matching solid lining fabric the next time you sew a coat or jacket, consider a fun print. Here are two from that I like:

302144, silk charmeuse

302132, silk charmeuse

Enjoy the long weekend, and happy sewing!

8 Responses to “ Give Some Thought To… Linings That Pop ”

  1. Emily Tharpe

    I made a beautiful Mardi Gras gown a couple of years ago. The print was the focus of the dress, but I decided to add some flair with the lining. I called the print “Tropical Zebra” because it was a blue silky fabric with a zebra print… LOVE THAT DRESS!!!!! I put a hot pink silky liner in. Adjusted my pattern to have side slits on both sides…. liner popped against the tropical zebra! Surprise linings are really awesome and with a little imagination, can be a showstopper!

    1629 days ago   |   Reply
  2. Amy

    I’m definitely a fan of surprise linings. I’ve put printed silk crepe de chine lining in two dresses I’ve made this year, have a beautiful print silk charmeuse for a jacket, and am currently eyeing a Mood silk crepe de chine for another dress. Do you think it would work well on the underside of a peplum, or is that too much?!

    1630 days ago   |   Reply
    • Meg

      Yes, go for it, Amy! That’s the best part of being a home sewer–we can do fun things like peekaboo linings.

      1630 days ago   |   Reply
  3. oonaballoona

    i had that blue/red/white silk charmeuse in my closet, in the form of a RTW tank top. now i’m wondering if i never wore it because it was meant to be a lining…

    1630 days ago   |   Reply
  4. Ginger

    What a great idea!

    1640 days ago   |   Reply
  5. Vicky

    SJP sews? Wow I’m impressed!

    1641 days ago   |   Reply
    • Meg

      I don’t know that she actually sews, rather than works with a designer or dressmaker…

      1639 days ago   |   Reply
  6. Lola Stockmaster

    What a great idea…I have never thought of that. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1643 days ago   |   Reply

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