The Hong Kong lining technique is not new but, in my opinion, is not used often enough. Also known as flat-lining a garment, the Hong Kong lining technique combines a garment’s lining with the outer fabric, and the two layers are then handled as one. The special feature of this method is that the lining serves as a seam finish for the vertical seams, as well as backing the fashion fabric. The key is to increase the size of the lining so you have adequate width to wrap it around the seam allowances.
This technique is ideal for soft or semi-structured jackets; it’s a speedy way to get a sturdy, good-looking, and durable finish without all the steps of traditional tailoring. But you can also try it on blouses, dresses, skirts, and pants. The result is a beautifully constructed garment that is more easily adjusted when/if needed. It is a successful marriage of fashion and function.
Fabric choice and optimal seam allowances
To make a traditional Hong Kong seam finish, you use bias strips of fabric that is lighter in weight than the garment fabric. This keeps the seam finish from being too heavy and bulky and allows it to be more easily sewn on. Choose the same kinds of fabrics for a Hong Kong lining. To make a Hong Kong-lined garment, add an additional 5/8-inch-wide seam allowance to the lining along all the vertical seams you wish to finish this way.
Suggested lining fabrics
• Silk or polyester crepe de Chine
• Silk or polyester charmeuse
• Washed silk dupioni (dupioni is softer and more supple after washing)
• Silk or polyester organza
• Cotton broadcloth or voile
• Bemberg rayon
• China silk
• Quilting cottons
These can be solid or printed fabrics
Hong Kong lining technique how-to
1. After cutting the garment…