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On the Flip Side: How to Choose the Best Lining Fabric

If you’ve ever sewn a jacket, you’ve probably said, “Check out this lining!”

Sewing in an interesting lining adds a bit of zing to your handmade garment, but sometimes understated and classic is the way to go. Whatever your garment, a lining serves many purposes from creating opacity, finishing off the inside nicely or helping the garment glide over your body or other clothes.

So how do you choose the best lining fabric for your project? There are so many options in the fabric store that it can be difficult to decide.

Here are some of the best lining fabric options:

Satin lining in a purple jacket

Photo via SunnyGal Studio

Rayon linings

Linings

Known as bemberg rayon lining, this is a perfect choice for many different items ranging from outerwear to dresses, skirts or tailored trousers. Available in a huge range of colors, it is breathable, static-free, wears well and adds that silky glide to your garments at a reasonable price. A few yards of bemberg rayon lining in black, gray or navy are a great options to keep in your sewing supply inventory.

Silk linings

French jacket

Photo via Craftsy member Marianne C 

Many different types of silk fabric make fantastic choices for lining. The color choice is endless and the feel is always luxurious. Silk charmeuse is a particularly lovely indulgence and gives your garment that designer touch. China silk is a lightweight plain weave that is perfect for lightweight garments. Silk dupioni can add a bit of structure and support to a garment, like in this jacket shown above, and looks great when quilted.

Printed linings

Printed linings
Green tweed A-line skirt

Photo via Craftsy member valeriabrev

Whether polyester or silk, printed linings are a fun option to use. Check the aisle containing polyester silky prints at the fabric store. While these polys are sold as fashion fabric, some are a perfect weight and economical option to use in place of silk charmeuse.

The above skirt with a printed lining was made in the Craftsy class Design & Sew an A-Line Skirt.

Lightweight cottons

Cotton voile linings

Lightweight cotton fabrics have many names: voile, batiste or lawn. You will find some to be ideal for a summer dress. They are all slightly different in weight and opacity and make perfect choices for children’s clothes, tops, dress bodices or any garment where you want a breathable, easily-laundered fabric. Be sure to pre-shrink as you would with any cotton fabric.

Stretch linings

Knit linings

Knit garments are comfortable and easy to wear and sew, but choosing a lining can be a mystery. Here’s my tip for finding the best lining fabric for knits: look in the dancewear section. Everything from skating costumes to dancewear is usually lined and that part of the fabric store holds the key.

Tricot knits are great for dresses or tops plus they provide a built-in slip effect. Nylon or nylon/spandex blends also work well. These knit linings seem to be available mostly in the neutral shades such as ivory, beige, white or black. Try a bit of layering of your fabric and the lining options to see which shade works best.

Satin linings

Satin linings

Satin linings can be found in different fibers from rayon to silk. A crepe back satin lining has a good weight and is perfect for adding a bit more substance to outerwear. If the polar vortex is returning to your part of the world consider using one with flannel backing for an extra bit of warmth. In addition to the basic neutrals, satins come in lots of pastel or jewel tones to add a pop of color to your warm winter coat.

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42 Comments

Jaynee

Satin lining is always my choice .. The glossy sheen as it catches the light is true qualiy .

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really?

quality so good you had to post this twice huh?

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Carol

Just stop! Why all the negativity?

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Alison

Haha, right?

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Jaynee

Satin lining is always my choice . The glossy sheen as it catches the light is true quality

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Emily

I’m looking for a good quality satin (maybe in a chinoiserie pattern if I can find it) to re- line a favorite winter coat. Any suggestions? I’d like for the lining to last a good while. I don’t know where to find the quality I want on the Internet. I’d be grateful for any guidance and specific suggestions.

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Kim

I’m loving Dharma Trading Co’s silk selection. You should check them out.

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abitha

i got an idea to choose what kind of lining to choose…. thank u

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Claudia

You did not explain the use of Stretch lining, which is why I visited the website. I am a beginner sewer. I have purchased a 4 way Stretch fabric that is beautiful and need to a lining. Do I also need to purchase Stretch lining?

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Mo Smyth

Hi Claudia,
I’m the same as you just bought some stretch knit fabric and don’t know what lining to get, What did you get? Hope you don’t mind me butting in .
Thanks
Mo

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Kacy

I’m also with Claudia and Mo, I am looking for a lining for a 2 way stretch knit. It has to be super lightweight as well. Did you two ever get an answer as to what to use? Is Shatung an option? Thank you to anyone that can help out.

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Resha

If you have a stretch fabric and want the finished item to also stretch, you will need a stretch lining as well. The finished item will only stretch as far as the least stretchy material be it the lining or the outer fabric.

Different fabrics stretch different amounts – If you have a four way stretch fabric, you will most likely need a four-way stretch lining to match the level of stretch.

Probably the best thing to do is take your fabric with you to a store so you can compare how much potential linings stretch – also a great way to check how well various colours or prints match up!

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Zequek Estrada

I do like the way satin look but I prefer something comfortable. So I’ll stick with using knits and will make sure to check the dance section for the lining. I’ve never really sewn anything before so I’m crossing my fingers that everything will turn out ok.

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gayathri

HI
i want your suggestion for choosing lining for tutu dresses….

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Denise Winkey

Hello
I dont linings by name but can someone suggest what type of lining to put in a outer coat
thanks for your help

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Brenda Ackerman

I just wanted to let you know that after spending quite a bit of time on the internet searching for this specific information; I should have come straight here! Your article/tutorial is such a spectacular post filled with the correct information! Nothing on my pattern gave a clue as to what to use and although I have sewn easier clothing patterns, this is my first Moderate more formal dress attempt and I sure did not want to mess it up by using the wrong lining. Your suggestions were perfect. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

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Tega

Which lining is best for cosmetics bag? Something that can easily wash out.

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Jaz.Al

I am sewing with a poly satin fabric. What lining would be best? It is for a formal summer dress – so I need something light weight and float. Any suggestions?

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Jaz.Al

Spell check distorted my comment: I need a light weight and flowy fabric lining? Thanks

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Christina

Probably finer polyester fabric than the satin you are using for the outer. You want to make sure it is as fluid as your satin so your lining doesn’t distort your garment. Alternatively a lightweight cotton lawn ( the v sheer type).

Best of luck!

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Deb

What is best for lining fur coats?

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London

I’m making an embroidered bomber jacket with shantung silk, but don’t know what to line it with. I want something that can be worn in both cold and warm temperatures. Any suggestions?

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Christina

I would suggest a silk blend cotton to compliment your silk jacket. Don’t use polyester or manmade.
Good luck!

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Gisele

What is best to use for lining fabrics like chiffon? That will keep it light and will drape? I was going to get batist or voile, but voile can be more expensive than the dress fabric. I prefer breathable or cotton fabrics.

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Maria

What is good lining for a chiffon dress that i’m making ?

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Beth Galvin

A lightweight silk or polyester would be good as a lining for chiffon,

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LaTalullah

So, I made a vintage dress, and I wanted raw silk but that’s not in my budget, so I found a pretty chartreuse lining fabric. I think it’s a synthetic satin.

I’m wondering if I wear it out, will it hold up?

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Beth Galvin

most synthetics have good wearability and last longer than natural fibers so it sounds like a good choice.

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Frank Delaware

My wife has been thinking about learning to sew, and I was curious about how you would choose the right fabric. One thing that really stood out to me is that you say that lightweight cotton is good for summer dresses. Since my wife wanted to start making dresses, this might be a good material.

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Lynn

I am making Jane Austine style wedding dress with a sheer poly cotton material it is white. What is the best type of lining to use underneath it.

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Cheryl in FL

I’m interested in knowing what you chose. I was thinking a poly lining like a charmeuse or crepe de chine?

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LYNN

What is best lining fabric to use with a Batiste

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Rubina

What is the best lining for the leather dresses?

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Arya

I’d choose a smooth polyester, silk or satin fabric. If the lining is going directly against the skin, they will keep the dress from riding up, and usually feel cool, light and comfortable.

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Shey

What is the best lining fabric for Organza Saree Jackets?

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Tynnetta

What is the best lining for crepe back satin

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Lily

I am making a purse and I need to figure about what lining to use any suggestions?

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Maria

I ‘m making a satin bodice for my prom dress. Should I use the same fabric for the lining?

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Cathy

Would anyone have a suggestion for lining a tie? A poly blouse fabric seems too flimsy. A silk would press nicely for the seams but I’m not sure about what type of fabric/weave would be best. Thoughts?

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j Kaur

hi i’m from Germany. Can i buy lightweight lining?

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Jeff Diver

Can anyone provide me with any information at all regarding Spun Glass, “Rusil Finish” dress linings manufactured by Goddard in the late 19th century? I am researching a trade card for display in the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.

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Maja

I need to line a woollen coat to wind proof it. Is silk a good material?

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