Monday, February 16, 2009

How to Line this?

I am working on this skirt and it is time for the lining. Now, I haven't done any lined skirts, so I am asking for help. I have looked on the internet, at Sigrid's tutorial blog, in my sewing skirts book but I can't find anything for a skirt with a facing at the waist. So, do I cut the lining minus the facings and attach it to the facing? Do I eliminate the facing and attach the lining to the waistline?

Thanks for the help.

View D by the way, is the one I am making. I think for the center back piece, I will use the center front piece as a guide to cut out the lining, correct?

14 comments:

  1. Here's an answer from the book "Easy Guide to Sewing Linings" by Connie Long (Taunton Press) p.76: "When a skirt has waist facings instead of a waistband, you may cut the lining to start where the facing ends." It continues to describe how to go about it.

    The book also shows another method,(p.80) in which the lining goes to the waist edge, underneath the facing. This is an easier method.

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  2. Sometimes I have the lining go all the way to the top of the skirt and eliminate the facings all together. I have been known to put stabilizer at the top of the facings. Sometimes I cut the lining to be attached to the facings.

    You need to know where the zipper opening is to know if you can use the front piece for the back lining. g

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  3. I made a BWOF pencil skirt for my daughter where I lined the skirt and attached the facings too. It worked really well. You would make the lining with the two front pieces and treat the lining and skirt as one piece, then add the facings.

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  4. Beth C7:19 AM

    I've done it with no facings on casual skirts my daughters where going to wear a few times. But if it's for you I would line it to waist and apply facings on top. Or if you're worried about bulk cut the lining to add to bottom of facings. Don't forget to add for seams. Cute pattern.

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  5. I made this skirt (view D) and I opted for underlining it. That worked well for me.

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  6. I'm sitting at my desk at work in a skirt I made a couple of years ago. For my skirt, I made the lining all the way to the top with a facing over the top. I find the facing very annoying -- it's constantly shifting out of place, and it adds bulk where I don't really need any extra (around my mid-section). So, while either way would work, I would either attach the lining to the facing or eliminate the facing altogether like gaylen said. But, that's just my two cents!

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  7. I tend to just line the skirt and forget the facing. But you need to use cotton tape or something to stabilize the waistline. You may then also need to topstitch/edgestitch or understitch so the lining does not roll to the outside.

    As for the pattern piece, you can use the back piece and just lengthen. But be careful that it is not too tight and you cant walk. You may need a slit or vent. I have also just finished the lining to just below the beginning of the flouce (front and back) on a similar skirt.

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  8. i do the facing and have the lining attach to the bottom of the facing. if you line it all the way up to the waistline, you run the risk of the lining rolling up a bit and being exposed. understitching would help a bit. however, the if the facing rolls a bit, it is the same fabric as the skirt so it would be less noticeable.

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  9. Lori, if it were me I'd cut the lining minus the section for the facing, and attach the lining to the bottom of the facing. That's how I handle this type of skirt.

    If you line to the waist you will need to stabilise the waist with something like petersham.

    Personally I prefer the facing with lining attached to the bottom because everything stays pulled down and in place. The lining doesn't want to ride up like with other methods but it's personal preference. HTH

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  10. Connie Grandma Connie)10:44 PM

    Lori,
    I cut the lining with the same pieces as for the skirt and then lay the facings along the top of the lining, stitch the line where the facing joins to the lining and cut the excess that would be behind the facing away. This is just a lazy way of not figuring out how to make the pattern for the lining. If my skirt is a thinner fabric I sometimes just finish the lower edge of the facing piece (after seaming the sides together) and when I lay it on top of my (already seamed together lining), I topstitch the facing in place along the lower edge rather than seaming it together and pressing the seam open. It makes a flatter finish that doesn't show thru on the skirt front.
    HTH

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  11. If I use a facing at all I do like Connie. If not I always topstitch at the waist. I cut my lining using all the pattern pieces for the skirt except for very flowy skirts.
    Looking forward to seeing the finished skirt.

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  12. I recently did a skirt with facing and lining (121 from Burda Aug 08). I cut the lining pieces the same as the fashion fabric pieces. The facing was laid on top of the lining and basted in place (before you sew the lining side seams). Along the bottom edge of the facing, I used a zigzag stitch to finish the edge without bulk and attach it to the lining - so it doesn't ride up as other commenters mentioned. I thought it was a strange way to do things at first but it sits nicely, as the facing stablises the waistline.

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  13. I've done it both ways and agree with Sew4Fun, the lining attached to the facings keeps the facings from rolling up.

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  14. Joining the lining to the bottom edge of the facing pieces is the most complicated method(you need to make extra pattern pieces) and depending on your fabric there may be a ridge along the seam line and it may be visible on the right side. I prefer to join the finished lining to finished skirt, wrong sides together, and finish the top edge with petersham. The ribbon stabilizes, acts as a facing, and will not roll out if you apply with understitching. It's less bulky than the full facing.

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