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Bagging a lining, where the front facing meets the lining

For the jacket I used the "bagging the lining" technique I used before. This time I changed the way of working in the corner where the front facing meets the lining. I used the book Jackets for real people for this, but have seen it described somewhere else too. Because I wanted to do it once again to remember the steps I did it again tonight and made pictures to share it with you. It's not the full description of bagging a lining, just this corner, illustrated with pictures and in my own words.


Step 1: Mark the corner where front and facing meet. In my example it's easy to see on the facing part, as I in general don't interface the seam allowances. the hem allowance is 5 cm (2 inch). As this is only a sample, the "front" is not completely marked for seam lines.

Sew the front facing  to the front exactly till the marked point.


Step 2: The lining is exactly the length of the jacket, no hem allowance needed with the 5 cm hem allowance at the front.

Sew the lining to the front facing untill approximately 5 cm above the hem (marked point)


Step 3: sew the lining to the hem with a 1 cm seam (3/8 inch), the stitchline starts a little after the vertical stitchline and stops little before that on the other side.(the book suggests a longer length to be left open, but this is enough). The picture shows the hem at the top!


Step 4: Clip to the marked point ONLY on the front of the jacket.


Step 5: Fold up the hem of the jacket, right sides together.


The lining is folded in between the layers.


Step 6: Sew from the marked point to the first stitching of front facing to lining (as described in step 2)


This is how it looks  now.

Step 7: Trim the facing/hem where needed, when turned the inside looks like this, the lining has a "jumped hem", which means there is a bit of lining hanging down, which provides extra ease. I know there is another method for this, which does not have a jumped hem, but that's an experiment for another time.


Finished front.



  1. Thank you for your clear instructions. Your jacket looks great!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial :) It looks so neat.

  3. Thank you! I always knew there had to be a way to eliminate the hand sewing at that intersection. I found the directions in a tailoring book but your tutorial makes it even easier to understand!

  4. I've bookmarked this - I can't get my head around it right now! Your results are lovely, and thank you SO MUCH for documenting your steps. I'll get back to this and master it someday.

  5. Great instructions! I did this kind of finish on my coat but it's not as neat. I'll refer to your post next time rather to the books I have.

  6. I'm printing this off to put in my notebook! Thanks so much!

  7. Ooh, the tricky part! Thanks so much for this helpful information. You know I'll use it.

  8. This is great! I remember reading a while back about this area in Jackets for Real People, but used Claire Schaefer's High Fashion Sewing Secrets for lining my last coat. The only issue was I didn't see this section covered so that was my only "error" area. I fudged it with handsewing, and will get this right on the next one. At first I was kind of ticked off about this because I was thinking of entering my coat in our community summer fair, however, now I have an excuse to get another coat done and get this area right ;) .

    I really like that you have posted this with real fabric/real project. If I'm remembering correctly, there were just illustrations in the JFRP book, so your blog post will be really helpful.

  9. I have never been able to figure this out. Thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial.

  10. Excellent! Thank you for this tutorial. Like Dana your tutorial makes it easy to understand and I'll use your method from now on.

  11. Nicely done tutorial! I usually use this method or one very similar for my jackets - it is so much easier and neater.

  12. Great tutorial! I've been using a very similar method myself!

  13. Thanks for the tutorial on this. Birgitte recently showed me this method, but I'm glad I now have this visual to refer back to.
    Your jacket turned out beautifully. I love the color too.

  14. Thanks for sharing the tutorial... now i can use this one... Really you did great job for me thanks for that...

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  15. Mil gracias por este tutorial por mucho tiempo lo eh buscado en la WEB y por fin lo encontré!

    Saludos desde México!!

  16. Mil gracias por este tutorial por mucho tiempo lo eh buscado en la WEB y por fin lo encontré!

    Saludos desde México!!


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