Choosing lining for your French jacket

When preparing to make a French jacket it is important to think not only about a fashion fabric (tweeds, plaids or buckles) but lining as well. And this could be quite challenging. You have to think ahead about the whole project.

Very often I use Viscose as a lining to my garments. It is thin and light and it is easy to work with. It is as well not so expensive.

“Viscose is a solution of cellulose xanthate made by treating a cellulose compound with sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide. Byproducts include sodium thiocarbonate, sodium carbonate, and sodium sulfide.[1] The viscose solution is used to spin the fiber viscose rayon, or rayon, a soft man-made fiber commonly used in dresses, linings, shirts, shorts, coats, jackets, and other outer wear. It is also used in industrial yarns (tyre cord), upholstery and carpets.” (quoted from Wikipedia)

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Jacket – almost finished

The dark blue jacket is almost finished.

The collar is fastened and shoulder pads are inserted.



In the lining the inner pockets are finished …


so I could sew in the lining. The pocket flaps are fastened to the front of the jacket.


Now I ‘only’ have to mark and make buttonholes Glimlach and of course – buttons.

UFO’s–follow up…

So, the blue blouse is ready, pattern back in an envelope together with a piece of fabric so I could know in future what I have done.

blue blouse pattern

Now the time is come to finish my blue jacket. I like this pattern – it is Vogue 8186, as it suites my figure the best. And the dark blue will suite to a lot of garments. This is one of my wardrobe essentials.

V8161jacket dark blue

I have attached the sleeves and I am almost ready with shoulder pads.


I fished a collar and I am ready to fasten the pocket pads – marking is already there.

jacket collar  jacket front

I am almost ready with the lining. The sleeves are ready and back site. As I want to make pockets inside on both fronts of the lining, I will have to wait before I assembly all parts.

jacket lining

Unfortunately I have to leave for the weekend for my work so I will not be able to finish it during the weekend – pity.