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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Um... hmm. Lining conundrum ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 10/3/13 9:13 PM

I posted last week about making a faux fur shrug from a mashup of online tutorials. I am happy to say I cobbled together a workable pattern and have sewn up a shrug and a lovely microsuede lining.

...Except I realized I don't know how to *insert* the lining. :/

(Things are a teensy bit wonky b/c I have not yet combed or trimmed the seams)




This view better shows the construction/seams (three pieces; one back & two fronts, sewn along shoulder seams & side seams):



The lining is identical.

Erm... help? I would normally bag line it, but beyond the little fiddly bit of closing the opening for turning it... along the fur (!), I'm not even sure how to handle the armholes (normally I turn through shoulder seams). I could just do it all by hand, turning all the edges under & blind stitching... but neither fabric seems amenable to that method. I'm pretty sure I should have left an unsewn seam here somewhere...

I'm even willing to bind it, but I don't really want a bound edge--I want a furry edge.

Any ideas before I irrevocably trim my fur seams?!

Thanks!!


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Date: 10/4/13 2:29 AM

I probably would make a CB seam on the lining that I would leave partially open, then sew around all the edges and then turn the garment through the opening in the center back. Then stitch the CB lining seam closed, either by hand or machine. Does that sound like it might work?

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Date: 10/4/13 5:57 AM

Can't tell from the pictures, but did you trim the fur from within the seam line and * slightly beyond * before you stitched? I read or heard somewhere it gives you a cleaner seam.

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Date: 10/4/13 8:37 AM

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I probably would make a CB seam on the lining that I would leave partially open, then sew around all the edges and then turn the garment through the opening in the center back. Then stitch the CB lining seam closed, either by hand or machine. Does that sound like it might work?

I can do that. Will I be able to turn the armholes in that way? Or will I end up with an un-turnable knot?

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Date: 10/4/13 9:31 AM

I hope to make my self clear. I am not fluently speaking english. Provided that you have that centreback seam, you sew only a small upper and a small lower part of that seam. Than you fold your lining around your fur bolero . (Outside of leather on outside of fur. ) now you can sew your whole outline of the bodice. Throughout the open part of the cb seam you can turn this. Now left to do : the armholes. The trick is that you bend those seams inside and through the still open CB seam you can catch them and pin and sew them. Better not more than half the sleeve seam in one run. In the end you have just to close the cb seam by hand
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Date: 10/4/13 10:37 AM

I don't know how to turn this now-I would have to fiddle with it to figure it out. I might have sewn the lining on each piece separately and then turned it and sewed the shoulders and sides seams. I think now you are going to have to do some hand sewing. I have never sewn with fur (at least that I can remember). I remember someone in my advanced sewing class in high school who did and the sewing teacher didn't have her trim back seams but did make her pick out all the fur from the seams-if you do that then the seams should be almost invisible.

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Date: 10/4/13 11:06 AM

In the Tips section (see Knowledge Base button at top), look for Nancy's "Lining a Sleeveless Dress" tutorial. It's something that sounds like it would never work but once you figure it out it's very easy (it involves rolling the garment like a burrito...LOL). Just imagine that the front of your shrug is where the back zipper would be on a dress.

As for the fur seams - just use a seam ripper to pull the fur out on the right side. Also very easy! A rat-tail comb also works. You can trim the fur off the inside seams with an electric razor (not recommended) or with your sewing scissors to reduce the bulk before you line it.

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Date: 10/4/13 6:55 PM

A tip for next time...trim the fur in the seam allowances before sewing the seams. When you sew the seam with all the fur in it and then pull the fur out of the stitched seam, your stitching will be looser.

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Date: 10/4/13 7:04 PM

Thanks, everyone! Looks like taking the side seams apart and then sewing the lining to the fur along the necklines and armscyes is the way to go. Pretty much the opposite of what I did! Ha!!

Sorry to get everybody all hung up on the fur caught in the seams!I just haven't dealt with it yet b/c I wasn't 100% sure whether I was going to have to take anything apart (which I am). This has a really long pile, and I was afraid to trim too much from the S/As and lose the fur that's supposed to be there. Tricky. :)

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