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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

What Lining Fabric Should You Use When Sewing A Knit Jacket?

Lining knits

Hi Sewing Friends:

Do you want to sew a lining in a knit jacket?
Wondering what lining fabric to use when sewing knits?

Here is a sewing technique that will help you achieve sewing success in lining knits.

When you want to fully line a knit jacket to give it a better quality look, try using a woven rayon lining fabric called Ambiance Bemberg Rayon or you might use a light weight polyester fabric.

"Ambiance", one of my favorite lining fabrics. It is 45 inches wide, breathable and washable and is available in lots of colors at Denver Fabrics or

The trick to make it work with the knit is to cut the woven lining fabric entirely on the bias to allow the lining to give with the knit.

You should allow about an extra 1/2 yard of additional lining fabric to be able to cut it on the bias.

Sewing Tip: Cut the lining with 1" seam allowances and let the lining hang for about 24 hours before you put it into the jacket.

The lining may grow in length and get more narrow in width.

Before your sew it, recheck it with the pattern and recut the lining to fit inside the jacket before you stitch it. You don't want the lining drooping below the knit jacket when you wear it.

The extra 1" you allowed for seam allowances in the original cut should be enough to allow for the possible narrowing of the lining.

When you recut the lining, cut it as the sewing pattern with 5/8" seam allowances this time.

Then, construct the lining the same way as you would if it were cut on the lengthwise grain.

Lining knits with bias woven fabric allows both fabrics to stretch together and provide more comfort for you while providing you a top quality garment.

It just makes sense!

Enjoy sewing and lining knit fabrics.

To Your Sewing Success,


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