How to Add a Lining to a Skirt

I can't say enough about the new Jil Cappuccio video, "Sewing Skirts Your Way," that is now available for purchase. You may know Jil's work from her past contributions to Stitch magazine. She creates adorable designs and the skirts that you can learn to make in this video are no different.

This skirt looks so much more
flattering with a lining added.

The waistband neatly encloses the lining.

  Hand-sew the zipper opening in
lining to the zipper tape

 Even more than cute skirts, it's Jil's fresh and accessible approach to pattern-making that is the real star of Sewing Skirts Your Way. Beginners will easily and intuitively learn how to draft custom skirt patterns that fit them perfectly. The information in the video is so valuable, and I wish I had it when I started sewing. Jil just makes good sewing sense.

But I also have something to add to the information. I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of lining. It protects the inside of the garment and decreases wear and tear on the fashion fabric. Plus it just looks better and believe it or not, when you use a breathable like  China silk or cotton muslin, it makes the garment cooler or warmer, as needed.


Adding a lining is a relatively simple matter and doesn't add much to your sewing time. So if your pattern doesn't include lining instructions or pattern pieces, or you are making your own custom skirt pattern from Jil's video, here's how to add a lining:

1) The lining is an inside replica of the garment. Cut out fashion fabric garment. Cut out the lining pieces from the fashion fabric pattern. Generally, you would cut out the main body pieces and pockets. Skip the waistband, if it is a separate piece, as you don't need to line it!.

2) Assemble the garment from the fashion fabric per instructions. Attach the waistband, but do not enclose skirt top in waistband. (For a Jil skirt, do not fold the waistband down.) Do not hem garment. Assemble the lining pieces in the same manner as the garment. Do not hem.

3) Turn your skirt inside out. Slide the lining over the skirt, with the wrong side of the lining against the wrong side of the skirt, matching side seams.

4) If your waistband is a separate piece, match the raw edges of the top of the skirt and pin, then baste the two together in the seam allowance area. Enclose the skirt and lining raw edges ( grading seams, if you wish) within the waistband and finish waistband. If, as with the Jil skirts, the waistband is part of the skirt body, baste the lining top edge to the top, unfinished edge of the skirt and finish the waistband per instructions.

5) If your skirt has a zipper, hand-sew the lining zipper opening to the zipper tape.

6) Hem the lining and skirt, making the lining about ½" shorter than the skirt.

7) You have just added a lining to a skirt!


To purchase Jil's fabulous video, "Sewing Skirts Your Way: Learn How to Make a Skirt that Fits You Perfectly," visit the Sew Daily Shop.

Do you have any easy sewing  tricks for making your garments a little fancier? Let us know!


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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

One thought on “How to Add a Lining to a Skirt

  1. I totally agree that lining makes skirts (and pants, and jackets, and some dresses) hang and wear better. I don’t think they need to be a replica of the skirt or whatever though. I was taught by my aunt who was a couture type sewist to convert the pattern into an A-line skirt and to not sew darts but use little pleats to take in teh excess.