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

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If you've ever sewn a jacket, you know that picking out the lining fabric is mayyyybe the best part.

Just remember: lining is about function as well as fashion: It creates opacity, finishes off the inside neatly and helps the garment glide over your body or other clothes.

There are a lot of options in the fabric store, so finding the best lining for your project can take a little research. This rundown of the best lining fabrics will give you an insider's view.

Rayon

Known as bemberg rayon, this material works for everything from outerwear to dresses, skirts and tailored trousers. Available in a huge range of colors, rayon is breathable, static-free, wears well and adds silky glide at a reasonable price. Keep a few yards of black, gray or navy in your inventory — you'll be glad you have them.

Silk

Ah, silk. The color choices are endless, the feel always luxurious. Silk charmeuse is especially gorgeous and gives your garment that designer touch. China silk is a lightweight plain weave that's perfect for lightweight garments. Silk dupioni can add a bit of structure and support and looks great when quilted.

Printed Fabric

Whether polyester or silk, printed linings can give you a chance to do something unexpected. Check the aisle containing polyester silky prints at the fabric store. While these polys are sold as fashion fabric, some can stand in for silk charmeuse at a much better price.

Lightweight Cotton

Lightweight cotton fabrics have many names: voile, batiste or lawn. Pick the weight and opacity you want — this material is great for summer dresses, kid's clothes or any garment where you want a breathable, easy-to-wash fabric.

Be sure to pre-shrink as you would with any cotton fabric .

Satin

You can buy satin linings in different fibers, from rayon to silk. A crepe back satin lining has a good weight that'll give your outerwear a little more substance. 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 winter coat.

Bring on the frigid weather! With the right lining you'll be ready.

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