Most of the time I make predictable choices in lining by carefully matching my lining fabric to the outer layer to get as close a match as possible, but every so often I go for something completely different. A little burst or jolt of surprising colour just to give a little zing of unexpected pleasure when I catch sight of it, and what are our clothes if not to give us pleasure as well as the necessary warmth and modesty requirements?
Even on my wedding dress I chose a soft rose pink lining to go under the ivory silk taffeta of my dress, because I wanted to project a sort of rosy pink glow on my wedding day... I know it is kind of funny, we were quite young when we married and features such as a pretty pink glow rated highly on my scale of ideal looks. Wouldn't be a look today's bride would go for I think, my friend E and I the other day were discussing how sophisticated bridal fashions are now compared with the "princess" look most of my generation sported back then. My wedding dress was heavily influenced by Princess Diana's, who was the absolute epitome of chicness and coolness when I was a teenager.... sigh, lapsing into nostalgia somewhat here...
Back to the subject I went through my wardrobe and selected some samples of contrasting linings/facings I've utilised recently:
You've probably never seen the purple underskirt to this floral number before;
I used some leftovers of this floral fabric to edge the seams of my burnt orange skirt; (I've already shown this picture recently, but it fitted in with my theme for today so sorry to rehash this one...)
This pale blue/silver lining adds a cool futuristic metallic touch to this black lace gothic inspired skirt;
I saw a divine vintage black velvet evening coat in Melbourne with an unexpected and stunning primrose yellow satin lining which I have regretted ever since not buying; I have since bought some fabric and am still working on the perfect evening coat shape;
For the record I DIDN'T make this corduroy coat, but its quirky lining always brings a smile to my face;
And this vintage fur coat which I was so lucky to have been given recently (please don't be cross PETA supporters, this coat is old, probably older than anybody reading this blog) has a gorgeous warm tangerine lining;
My snakeskin print outfit? Finished and ready to show to you soon, and here is a preview.... A lining for a satin skirt is essential if you don't want it clinging to your legs closer than leggings, I chose a jungly shade of rich green for the lining;
Confession: I had vowed recently not to buy any more fabric until I'd finished my stash. Well, I've been a bad girl. To paraphrase Beyonce (to Lady GaGa) I've been a very very bad bad girl... I read a review by Erica B on how very difficult this Vogue 1087 dress was to make. Then I read in Australian Stitches how Cate can Reyk found the same to be an extreme challenge. Well, I didn't need any further encouragement. I just love a challenge. I'm pretty competitive that way. So this is now been added to my to-do list....
Keep you posted!