How to Sew an Extra Layer in Your Garments For Added Warmth

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Create a cute, cozy jacket by winterizing a lightweight jacket pattern such as Simplicity SewStylish 2570 shown here.
Eco-friendly fabrics are not just good “green” choices; the “give” of the natural fibers can flatter your figure as well.
Synthetic-fiber insulation such as Thinsulate and Primaloft comes in a variety of weights and thicknesses. Choose a lightweight variety for a jacket suitable for warmer weather.
Create a cute, cozy jacket by winterizing a lightweight jacket pattern such as Simplicity SewStylish 2570 shown here.

Create a cute, cozy jacket by winterizing a lightweight jacket pattern such as Simplicity SewStylish 2570 shown here.

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Sometimes, you wish a fabulous jacket pattern and fabric you bought for spring could produce a warmer garment that could carry you all the way through the chilly fall and winter months, but often, the fabric is just too light.

This is the time to explore the miracle of interlining-a layer of insulation you insert between the lining and fashion fabric when you make a jacket. Interlining effectively traps air between the layers and holds body heat.

As companies turn down their thermostats to conserve energy, even winter fabrics may not be up to the task of keeping you warm indoors. To make any jacket warmer, all you need is three layers: interlining, a fabulous fabric, and coordinating lining.

Choose the Right Type

Identify the best interlining for the job, so your jacket can take you anywhere you want to go.

Don't confuse lining and interlining. Lining is the thin layer of fabric that hides interior seams and finishing details in a garment; it's slick so it slides against other fabrics. Interlining is the insulation layer between the surface fabric and the lining; it traps air and retains body heat. Some of the most popular trademarked synthetic interlining products are Thinsulate by 3M and Primaloft, but natural-fiber interlining materials are also available.

Thinsulate is a blend of 55-percent olefin fiber and 45-percent polyester that comes in a variety of weights and thicknesses. These thermal products have a nonwoven layer on one or both sides to hold the fibers in place. They are washable and dry cleanable.

Primaloft contains a patented microfiber that retains heat. It's, breathable, water repellent, and as warm as down. Primaloft One is made entirely of specially treated microfibers that have the softest hand; it's available in two weights.

How to Sew an Extra Layer in Your Garments For Added Warmth   Eco-friendly fabrics are not just good "green" choices; the "give" of the natural fibers can flatter your figure as well.

 

  Synthetic-fiber insulation such as Thinsulate and Primaloft comes in a variety of weights and thicknesses. Choose a lightweight variety for a jacket suitable for warmer weather. All shown here are available at Seattle Fabrics.

 

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Comments (9)

Fabric1869 writes: This is a great tip. many of the girls in our office would love it... *sends email around*
Posted: 5:59 am on May 29th
darrylchad writes: awesome stuff
Posted: 6:20 am on May 8th
roselynbette writes: I wish I read this earlier this year when it was colder... Will be prepared next time!
Posted: 2:58 pm on April 5th
johnludvig writes: always helpful in chilly winter winds
Posted: 6:14 am on March 17th
mickyervine writes: very good tutorial .. thank you
Posted: 1:52 am on March 17th
Jessica_Louise writes: I simply wear more layers when it's colder outside.... cheaper and much less hassle ;-)
Posted: 8:37 am on February 9th
sltboop writes: DO I HAVE TO CUT THE PATTERN BIGGER TO ALLOW FOR THE LINING IF THE PATTERN DOES NOT CALL FOR ONE THANKYOU
Posted: 12:02 pm on December 10th
AHH writes: Sorry, but the last section of this tutorial, which is how to assemble all 3 parts, outer fabric, interlining, and lining, together, needs more clarity. Such as, what is the 5" opening on the lining's side seam for, turning the garment right side out? And a bit more explanation is needed for the sleeves - if the lining sleeves are sewn to the lining body, what does "Sew in the sleeves on both sides" all about?
Posted: 10:25 am on December 10th
TeacherTeacher writes: i wonder if i could adapt this to not only add a layer of warmth but also to add that layered look without the bulk?
Posted: 3:34 pm on December 8th
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