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lining a jacket

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TriciaF Sun 02-Jul-17 10:46:37

I've just bought (online) a summer jacket from C&A. It's ok but unlined, apart from front facings, and feels very flimsy. I think a lining would add some body to it.
I wouldn't line the sleeves, they're a bit tight anyway, only the rest of it.
Has anyone ever done this? How would I start? Hope someone has some ideas. The jacket is similar to this one (can't find the exact one):

TriciaF Sun 02-Jul-17 10:47:19

ps mine's a light beige colour.

TriciaF Sun 02-Jul-17 10:54:13

Found it!

Oriel Sun 02-Jul-17 10:54:53

Hi, you would have to make a pattern up first making sure you add a seam allowance. If your jacket is washable choose a washable lining fabric. You'd then make up the lining and attach it to the jacket in some way.

To be honest it's a lot of work and if you don't get it right you'll end up with the jacket pulling and being skewed. If it were me I'd send it back and buy a lined jacket.

Elegran Sun 02-Jul-17 11:10:54

Lining a jacket nicely is not as easy job, which is why so many clothes are unlined. You get what you pay for.

trisher Sun 02-Jul-17 11:29:24

I wouldn't bother, of my 3 summer jackets only 1 is lined. One of the unlined ones is M&S (so not cheap!). Without a lining they are cooler. I also think that they hang better, particularly if they are made from a lightish material, a lining would be too heavy.

TriciaF Sun 02-Jul-17 11:54:08

"you get what you pay for" - that's exactly what I said to my husband when the jacket arrived. Bought clothes are made of such rubbish fabrics.
Where we live is far from any decent clothes shops, so up to a couple of years ago I made quite a few things myself with good quality fabrics that I bought online. One warm coat which I'm very proud of, is made from Irish tweed. But recently my dressmaking skills (and funds) seem to have diminished so I resort to buying online. eg made a couple of light jackets and ended up giving them away to a charity.
I can't make my mind up whether to do it or not. As Trisher says unlined is cooler,but you can literally see through this fabric.

Jalima1108 Sun 02-Jul-17 12:27:22

It looks very light and summery and I would probably not bother to line it.

I like it!

grannysue05 Sun 02-Jul-17 12:36:43

In tailoring lining a jacket is done before the jacket is made up - i.e. sewn together.
To make a lining now and try to apply it to a ready finished garment would be virtually impossible to get right.
The jacket looks pretty. Just wear it or return it for a refund!

annodomini Sun 02-Jul-17 13:33:12

I like the style but if you wouldn't be happy wearing it, the best course would be to send it back for a refund or substitute.

eddiecat78 Sun 02-Jul-17 13:34:04

TriciaF - if you decide to return to sewing can I recommend another forum

if you join up you will be able to get plenty of expert advice about pretty well anything sewing related

Welshwife Sun 02-Jul-17 15:05:05

If you do decide to have a go then turn the jacket inside out before making a pattern or sewing it in. I would allow a pleat/ fold in the centre back to give movement and would slip stitch it in. Get someone to model it for you inside out so you can pin it - do the turnings then - at the bottom and around the facings.

TriciaF Sun 02-Jul-17 16:21:07

"slipstich it in" - that's what I had in mind, Welshwife, easier to adjust as you go.
It would be more difficult to add it from the inside with machine stitching. But there's already front and neck facing to attach to, and handsew to the armholes.
I'll have a look at that sewing forum eddiecat.
BTW I found the Irish tweed I mentioned earlier - not too expensive:
This is the one I used for my coat.

TriciaF Sun 02-Jul-17 16:22:05