Some things in sewing most people won't tackle - altering formal attire, replacing broken zippers and relining coats. These tasks don't need to be intimidating, as long as you keep a rule of thumb in mind: it goes back together the same way it came apart. Of course, like any good "back yard mechanic", you may have a spare part or two left after the job is finished :)
Mending and alterations can be similar to auto mechanics or construction. There is a guide for both and tips learned along the way from associates and friends. This tip sheet on relining coats will give you my best tips on relining coats in an effort to build up your confidence while you take on a fun task.
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Your first step will be removing the old liner. Hint: You may want to take a few pics of how the liner is placed in the coat before removal for reference as you restitch the new liner. Take your time with removal - these pieces will be your pattern. Use a seam ripper or razor (experienced only) to take apart the liner. It's a good idea to mark the pieces with standard pattern markings for reference and accurate fit. One other tip: you only need one of each of the pieces of the old liner. Choose the pieces that are in the best shape and press each flat before moving to the next steps.
Take note of the original seam allowance. This is important to do, as it will assure an accurate fit of the new liner. Hint: Remember, the new liner piece will already have the seam allowance included, so there is no need to cut the new piece larger.
Still with marking in mind, mark dots or clips at previous center points. This is especially important for the sleeves.
One very important tip to keep in mind is to mark lines where the original liner piece may be missing part of the fabric. Some old liners may fray or disintegrate while you are removing it. This is natural and no need to worry - just mark a line where you see it's missing.
Keep your seams lined while pinning and as you sew. Seam alignment not only makes the new liner fit well, but will present that professional quality you desire.
That's it! Pretty simple really, once you think about it. I hope these tips help you with your relining project. Be sure to visit the Tips & Guides page on my website for help in other topics of sewing, crochet and knitting.
Best of sewing to you in your project, and know that I wish you success and inspiration, today and always in all you do!