Differences Between Interfacing, Lining, and Interlining In Garment Construction

Building a garment involves layers, structure, and attention to detail. Understanding the distinctions between interfacing, lining, and interlining is important when creating garments.

This blog will highlight the key features of these linings and how to implement them into your garments and creatives.

Interfacing: 

Interfacing is the unsung hero of garment construction, providing support in areas that demand extra stability beyond the fabric’s weight. Commonly found in collars, cuffs, waistbands, and closures like buttonholes, interfacing reinforces the most functional parts of a garment. 

It can be either fusible or non-fusible, fusible interfacing involves an adhesive backing that fuses when heat is applied. Non-fusible is sewn into the garment, adding strength without the need for heat. 

Interfacing comes in woven, non-woven, and knit varieties. Though it remains hidden, its role in providing added strength and support is undeniable and holds importance in designs.

Lining: 

Lining, on the other hand, serves a dual purpose, hiding the inner construction details and facilitating the ease of wearing the garment. Typically made from slippery and silky fabrics such as silk, polyester, or rayon, the lining is constructed separately from the garment and attached at facing or hem areas. 

It acts as a secondary layer, concealing unfinished seams, markings, and construction details. Beyond its practical aspects, a well-chosen lining enhances the overall comfort and elegance of the garment, allowing it to be effortlessly worn and removed.

Interlining: 

When warmth becomes a priority, interlining steps into the spotlight. Placed between the outer fabric and the lining, interlining is a layer added to garments, especially in colder seasons. Whether it’s a heavy fabric with added batting or a lighter option like flannel or fleece, interlining provides an extra layer of warmth.

It can be constructed separately from the garment, sometimes even being removable. By reducing wrinkling and creating a smoother look, interlining ensures that the garment not only feels better on the body but also performs well in colder weather. Common materials for interlining include fleece, flannel, and various fillings.

Interlining also has the benefit of adding body and depth to a garment. Applying a firm extra layer will help maintain the shape of a garment and prevent creasing. This is particularly useful with dresses and jackets, our recommendation for interlining fabrics to add body would be silk organza. It is strong yet thin, so it will not add too much bulk to the garment.

In conclusion, understanding the distinctions between interfacing, lining, and interlining allows us sewers to make informed decisions about the construction details of their creations.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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