I’m still referring to David Page Coffin’s Making Trousers for Men & Women. Sorry to bore you all! But here’s my quote from page 13:
A curator of a costume collection pointed out to him
…very minimal overcasting and the lack of a lining inside a couture bustier, remarking how dramatically it disproved the home sewer’s traditional conviction that well-made clothes must look as beautifully finished on the inside as on the outside.
Tell me, as a fellow home sewer, what do you think of this one? Do you finish the inside like a RTW garment, fully line garments or do you leave things in a state of unfinishedness à la couture? I’ll confess, I do not like the unfinished looks of a finished couture garment without lining. I know pants and even evening gowns may not have linings with their overcast seam allowances exposed for the wearer to see, but I’m just not comfortable doing a garment that way.
I’ll never forget, as a 15-year-old aspiring singer, being shown a formal gown of ice blue silk made by a local couturier. It was a strapless, full-skirted floor length gown. When I looked into the interior (to check the label!) I was SHOCKED to see that there was no lining. All the seam allowances with their hand overcasting were there to be seen in all their state of unfinishedness. And you could see the hand stitching that held the facing of the bodice top to the interlining from the inside!!! I distinctly remember at the time decreeing (in my 15-year-old sewing wisdom) that I would have at least lined the darn thing if it had been up to me!
I do prefer a fully lined garment: pants, skirt or dress, and I like the cleaner look of a seam finished in anything other than pinking shears or hand overcasting. I just feel like the garment isn’t f.i.n.i.s.h.e.d. if you can see the interior messiness of seam allowances. And I think it hangs and wears better if it’s lined.
What do you think? Are you a bear for finishing a garment so that you could wear it inside out, beautifully finished, if you had to? Do you drive yourself crazy making sure the inside is as nice as the outside, or do you leave things visible?