What is Lining?

Lining is a layer of fabric that is attached to the inside of a garment or a bag. It has multiple functions, including providing shape and reinforcement to the garment, protecting the exterior material from sweat and oils from the body, providing warmth and comfort, and making the garment easier to put on and take off.

Lining fabrics can be constructed from a variety of materials, including silk, polyester, cotton, viscose, and acetate. They are generally light and smooth, resulting in a comfortable feeling against the skin. Depending on the intended use of the garment, some linings may also be waterproof or possess other practical characteristics.

The procedure for sewing lining into a garment varies. The most common method involves creating a lining pattern that is the same as the main garment pattern and then stitching the two layers together at the seams. The lining is then secured to the garment at the hem and other necessary points.

In some instances, the lining may only be attached to the garment at the neckline and armholes, allowing it to move freely and independently of the outer fabric. This is referred to as a 'floating' lining.

Lining is commonly used in jackets, coats, dresses, skirts, and bags, but can be used in any garment that requires a smooth and comfortable interior. It is often considered a mark of quality in high-end garments, as it adds to the overall appearance and durability of the piece.