Hi I’m Nicky from Sewandsnip.
I’ve really enjoyed reading the contributions so far to Jamie’s idea of Insides Out and am pleased to be able to take part too.
I’ve always felt that a neat inside makes me feel like I’m wearing something that I’ve taken care over producing. With limited sewing time my normal go to method is to overlock. This is often in a contrast colour, not only as this saves me rethreading time but also because I like how it highlights the construction of the garment.
I’m not a fan of just having facings around a neckline so I try to avoid by lining. For cotton dresses I line the bodices with the same fabric and understitch.
For other makes I will use a contrast lining to add a flash of colour.
For more structured dresses I have recently been using powernet. It’s heavy enough to hold boning channels, lined with bias, and holds in a few wobbly bits!
When providing structure with boning I opt for spiral boning wherever possible. With the flexibility of this support the garment is much more comfortable to wear. Spiral boning is available in preprepared lengths but also as a continuous piece which you can cut as required and add bone ends to.
For more rigid support I would use flat steel boning in areas such as at the side of lacing.
For some unlined garments where the inside may be on show I will use bias to trim the edges.
Final touch is a label. I haven’t got around to making my own yet but I won these on a giveaway and add using the machine blanket stitch.
So that’s my Insides out, thanks for reading.