Last month we looked at the differences between facing and interfacing. Facings and interfacing are quit different, however lining and interlining have a lot more in common.
We find both lining and interlining in clothing and furniture like curtains.
In clothes a lining is simply a copy of the garment made in a lighter fabric. There are many good reasons to line a garment ;
Lining a garment reduces wear and tear
It can be a lot easier to put clothes on if they have a silky smooth lining
Lining looks neater and more professional
Lining hides a multitude of sins!
An interlining in clothing is a layer of often fluffy fabric like wadding to make the clothes warmer, think of the old parka coats. Interlining is more common in colder climates and in the UK you rarely come across it in clothing except in winter coats.
Check out our blog "How to line your curtains" for details.
Interlining however is more of a personal preference. If you interline your curtains any pleats, tucks and folds become MUCH more pronounced. Curtains that have been interlined also tend to be far more insulating and have a much nicer draping quality.
So which to use? Well regular curtain interlining works very well, however if you don't want to go through the bother of measuring and cutting out another lot of fabric for your curtains you can simply use bonded interlining, this is effectively a lining and interlining in one!
So there you have it, a quick run down of what the difference is between lining and interlining.
I'll do a cool new tutorial next time, honest :)
Keep sewing, keep having fun!