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lynnberry
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Date: 9/25/11 8:08 AM

I bought some unlined dress patterns and want to line them. I'm confused about the facings and interfacing and how to line.

Do I eliminate the facings and add interfacing to the lining material where the facings would have been? Or do I not need interfacing at all if I'm doing a full lining?

Or do I combine the facings and lining somehow? Would the facings be between the lining and apparel fabric, or would the lining be between the facing and apparel fabric?

Thanks for any info - the more I think about this, the more confused I get.

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Date: 9/25/11 10:52 AM

Hi Lynnberry,

Normally, a lining is a copy of the main pattern pieces MINUS the facings. You attach the lining to the facings.

In general, you don't eliminate the facings because the facings allows you to have nice, neat edges. If you facing fabric rolls over the seam, it's still the same fabric showing not the lining (make sense?) This is especially important in lined jackets where the collar is often open.

With dresses, you hem the lining and dress separately and then attach with a few thread chains to keep the lining from riding up.

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Date: 9/25/11 11:18 AM

and the interfacing would be between the fabric and facing/lining, to answer your other question.

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Date: 9/28/11 10:06 AM

Thanks for the replies! I tried posting back yesterday, but the computer fought me.

I appreciate the info - I just ordered Connie Long's book on linings as well, so hopefully that will answer more questions.

I keep running into sewing blogs where they say they lined the dress, top, etc so they didn't have to deal with facings, and that's what started my confusion. I thought you would still need the reinforcement and stability of the facing and interfacing on most patterns.

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Date: 9/28/11 2:52 PM

You can add interfacing to the lining, in the "shape" of the facing piece. There's no need to interface the entire lining piece. I've seen this done on a RTW dress that I deconstructed.

For example:
1. Cut the bodice outer fabric pieces.
2. Cut the bodice lining pieces (same as bodice pattern pieces, of same or different fabric, as you wish).
3. Using the facing pattern piece(s), cut the iron-on interfacing pieces.
4. Apply the interfacing to the wrong side lining pieces at the neckline.
5. When you join the lining bodice to the the outer-fabric bodice, understitch the neckline seam allowance to the lining piece, just as you would do with a facing. This will keep the lining from "rolling" out to the outside of the neckline.

You will have lining pieces with a curve of iron-on interfacing at the neckline only. Now you have some reinforcement and stability around the neckline, where you want it, rather than interfacing the entire lining, which would make it stiff, especially over your bust line (I would think).

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-- Edited on 9/29/11 2:25 AM --

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Date: 9/28/11 4:51 PM

An article on "quick-lining" by Connie Long was published online by Threads Magazine on Jan. 24, 2009. (The site says 41 users recommend it.) Here's the link

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4971/a-shortcut-to-great-linings

With this method, NO interfacing is required (but a fusible may be substituted for the facings on very heavy fabrics, or added to a skirt to firm up a waistband). The lining is cut from the full garment pattern pieces. She then layers and sews the facings and lining together and thereafter treats them as one.

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