|Working Woman’s Guild & Sons - Flat Lining|
What is Flat Lining?
Flat lining was the prevalent method of lining dress bodices that were constructed during the Romantic and Civil War periods, 1840 – 1865. Flat lining is when a fashion bodice fabric piece and a lining bodice fabric piece are laid on top of each other and sewn together, as one bodice piece.
Why Use Flat Lining?
Flat lined garments are stronger than bagged or unlined garments. Flat lining can increase lightweight fabric to a heavier weight and correct the drape. Flat lining allows the inside of the garment to be marked and bones to be attached and without visible markings on the outside of the garment.
Flat lined dresses are easier to alter or re-make because the lining and fashion fabric piece are sewn together as one piece.
How is it Done?
The methodology of flat lining is described in the Workwoman’s Guide, “In making up, after cutting out your tight lining, lay each part of the gown upon each piece of the lining and begin to stitch strongly together all the pieces, laying a piping up every seam, and over-casting the rough edges inside, to make them wear well and look neat” (A Lady 110).
Normally, I only line the bodice of my garment, leaving the sleeves and skirt unlined. To flat line your garment:
Examples of Flat-Lining
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