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Date: 6/19/13 2:36 AM

I'm making Vogue 2871 in a thick sweater knit. This is my muslin, but it's fitting really well, so I'd like to finish it.

Q1: The instructions of course say to interface this, but I'm thinking that it will make the jacket too bulky once the lining is added as well. I've not made a lot of jackets - would the lining make it stable enough without the interfacing?

Q2: Any suggestions of what to use for lining a sweater knit jacket with?

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 6/19/13 7:42 PM

If it's a thicker knit and you like the hand as is, I wouldn't interface. You could use a fusible knit to interface at strategic points, like the collar etc.

I would probably line in something like a lightweight mesh - I would think that most stretch linings wouldn't be stretchy enough to match a sweater knit. Or you could keep it unlined and just bind the seams.

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Date: 6/20/13 8:56 AM

I think the defining factor of whether or not to interface depends on the stability of the sweater knit ... does it have enough body to maintain it's shape without slouching? If not, Pam at fashionsewingsupply.com has some AMAZINGLY sheer and supple fusible interfacings that would not add to the bulk but would keep the fabric from stretching or slouching. If you decide to interface (assuming you do the whole jacket) I would just give the seams a nice finish rather than lining too since the interfacing will give your garment enough slip to get on and off easily. If your sweater knit is quite stable and wouldn't really need whole hog interfacing to keep its shape, I would then only interface the button holes. I think the collar will be OK without it. I wouldn't count on only the lining to stabilize the knit if you're not sure of how stable it really is because if it starts sagging having a lining will only hasten that "potato sack" look (personal experience). But if the knit is stable enough to hold up, try to find a thin and light weight lining fabric with a little stretch that still has slip. I find most knit fabrics while thin are still too weighty and drape too much to make a good lining. Wish I could suggest a great stretchy, thin, slippery, light weight lining but I'm still looking too. Can't wait to see the finished jacket!

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Date: 6/20/13 10:48 AM

Thanks for your suggestions!

Since the knit is pretty stable and has a good hand, I think I'll try the light lining with some stretch. I think I'll even serge the seams and top-stitch so they lay flat and call it a design element. :-D

I definitely want to have a full lining because the right side of the fabric is black/white, but the wrong side is blue (weird eh?)
I was afraid it would flash through on the peplum folds. (I adapted them to be much fuller)

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Date: 6/23/13 6:34 PM

SoI finished up my muslin jacket today, thanks for all your advice!!! i interfaced only the collar and the button line. otherwise just lined it. My muslin

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Date: 6/23/13 8:44 PM

the pattern is on ebay, at various prices.

and on Etsy for even less $$

edited to say that I really like your final jacket. The sweater knit looks great! and the idea of a black jacket is a good one too! I agree...just a bit longer for the next one. But the length on this one is quite flattering, actually....
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Date: 6/24/13 1:52 PM

Super jacket and a GREAT job! :)

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Date: 6/25/13 3:56 AM

I wore it yesterday first time and the stretchiness makes it super comfortable. This one will turn into a fav :)

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