|The Easy Guide to Sewing Linings / Connie Long|
Newton, CT: Taunton, c1998.
Not to worry, this book came to the rescue. It's one of a series of "Easy Guides" published by Taunton; each that I've read so far is really practical and useful. I was very happy that this particular one was on my shelf though.
It has 10 chapters: an intro, and then sections specifically on lining jackets, coats, vests, skirts, pants, dresses, sheer/lace, sweaters, and vents. Each section is clearly laid out, with precise and to the point instructions for the technique under discussion. There are lots of photos to illustrate as well, which I found helpful. Of course, the section I was turning to most was the jacket lining bits, but even there, the book doesn't show just one way to do things. Rather, there are 3 different methods shared. By hand, by machine, and a hybrid. The hybrid method is the one I am familiar with via Burda, so it seemed most obvious and easiest for me to figure out with my project. It's when you sew the lining to the facing but then finish the sleeve and bottom hems with hand stitching. I appreciated that all methods were described though.
I've used this book before when trying to get my head around lining a skirt vent, and that was a great addition to the Burda instructions I was following. Once again, different methods are explained and illustrated, depending on the kind of vent you're making. I like that this book doesn't try to tell you that there is one right way to do anything; instead it offers different levels of solutions for many different lining situations.
Also, the basic info at the beginning is quite helpful. There is a discussion of types of lining materials and why and when you might want to choose a particular one. There's info on lining a patch pocket, and finishing hems in a few different ways. Each chapter also includes instruction on creating a lining for a pattern that doesn't have one. Basically all the foundational facts on lining are included in this small book - it's kind of amazing that it's so full of detail. After I read the jacket chapter I couldn't help but browse through the rest of the book again. There's so much to learn here.
Recommended for anyone wanting to get a lining popped in to a project, especially if you've lost your pattern instructions ;) Unfortunately it's out of print, but as always, check your local library and second hand dealers if you'd like to get a copy of this yourself.
This is a great book ... I have the series, so also jackets, fine fabrics and blouses. I have always loved short sleeve tops/shirts that are 'interlined'. It gives them structure and they feel lovely to wear! And really don't take much more effort to sew. One real advantage (out of many) of sewing your own garments, you can do all these finishing touches and add on's.ReplyDelete
I also have jackets, blouses and tops -- they are all good. You're right, you can take the time to add the finishing touches when you make it yourself :)Delete
I have this book as well and have really learned a great deal about adding linings. The whole series is really very helpful.ReplyDelete
I agree! I always keep my eyes open for any volumes I'm missing in this series when I am in a thrift store :)Delete
I have this book and it is great! I always tell people who claim they primarily sew Indie patterns for the instructions to get themselves some professional resources! Makes a world of difference!ReplyDelete
Yes! I am always so happy to have my collection of solid sewing books on my shelf, they come in so handy to learn the things you might have missed along the way.Delete
The best tutorial for inserting a lining in a vented skirt that I have in my collection of photocopies shoved in my copy of Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina is the one I gleaned from the blog Oobop. Photos are fairly clear, instructions are conversational, very good explanation of the (to me) non-intuitive process of attaching the lining to the vent overlap. You might find it helpful.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lin! Looking that up now. The vent/lining combo is the hardest part of any project for me.Delete