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Reversible jackets…

rekha | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Another of my projects I have searched for over the internet and find adequate information about vest, but not jackets.

Can anyone please shed light on how to make visible the ‘lining’ on the edges when worn on either side?


  1. TashaGirl | | #1

    Can you explain more what you are trying to do?

    1. rekha | | #2

      I want to be able to sew the lining in such a way that the jacket is reversible.

      1. TashaGirl | | #3

        There are a few ways you can do this depending on the look you want. 

        1. Baste or pin your inside and outside pieces together (like putting in an underlining)  Sew the garment together and fell the seams or put strapping (bias strip) over the seam. The strapping tip is covered in High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers by Claire Shaeffer.  You can also stitch on layer together, right sides together, trim, then turn in the other layer and slip stitch (laborious!)

        2. Completely finish the inside and outside construction except leave about a 6 inch opening in the side seam of the lining.  Put one inside the other, right sides together like you are going to bag a lining.  This was covered not too long ago in Threads (#115, Oct/Nov 04).  You stitch the 2 together around the neckline, center font opening and bottom hem .Trim the seams, etc. Turn through the opening. Pull each arm out through the opening to stitch the ends together. Close the opening.  The pictures in the article are pretty good.

        Good Luck!

        Edited 3/5/2005 12:44 pm ET by TashaGirl

        1. rekha | | #4

          >>Sew the garment together and fell the seams or put strapping (bias strip) over the seam

          Wouldn't it look awkward, as only one side would have this strapping?

          1. TashaGirl | | #5


            If you use the strapping, the other side looks like it has top stitching or like the reverse side of a felled seam.  I have used bias strips as a decorative element on a reversable coat - on one side you see the twining of the bias fabric and the reverse side just looks quilted.  The strapping is helpful if your fabric is very ravely or if your fabrics are very bulky.  I know a woman who used the strapping when making a reversable coat with dupioni that wanted to ravel badly when she tried felling the seams.



          2. rekha | | #6

            Thanks, could you possibly send me some illustrations that describe this, simply because I am not clear how your suggestion is going to work?

      2. Marion6422 | | #7

        Another way to make it reversible is to sew the outside pieces together and the inside pieces together leaving raw edges at the neckline, front, bottom, and sleeve bottoms. Then you baste the raw edges of the inside to those of the outside with wrong sides together and bind all edges.

  2. rekha | | #8

    I can't thank you enough Tashagirl for putting in so much effort. If I can do it properly, perhaps I should be able to share my work with dressmakers here.

    Thanks again!

  3. rekha | | #9

    >>Koos couture & Collage by Linda Chang Teufel

    p.s. how did you find the book overall? I have bookmarked it because the limited exposure on amazon.com certainly looks attractive.

    1. TashaGirl | | #10

      I really like the book.  The pictures are great and there are several examples of how Koos has created his garments.  I'm planning on trying some more of his techniques in the future.  It really helped when I was making one of the Vogue pattern Koos coats because the pattern guide sheet was very sketchy!  With the book I could figure out how to proceed!


      1. rekha | | #11

        That does it! This is next on my list. Thanks 

        1. carolfresia | | #12

          Note to all participating in this discussion: I deleted the message that included scans from Linda Teufel's book on Koos, to avoid infringing on the author's copyright. However, I'm glad you're talking about the book, as it's a wonderful source of inspiration and information.


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