Suit lining material

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  1. vitaminc

    vitaminc Senior member

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    What's the material used for suit jacket inner linings? I know RTW suits uses Rayon and Viscose but are the higher end suits using the same? Or there are some other natural fabrics? How good would silk fabrics function as lining?
     


  2. yachtie

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    They're all lined with Bemberg (rayon) or Emerzine (IIRC viscose). Silk linings are not good- hot and fragile.
     


  3. Eustace Tilley

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    I don't recommend silk - it wears very warm and is fragile. Most tailors do not recommed it and use it only when pressed.
     


  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    My Rubinacci jackets are lined with silk; they seem to wear very nicely. I'll have to wait a few years before letting you know how well they've held up.
     


  5. yachtie

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    My Rubinacci jackets are lined with silk; they seem to wear very nicely. I'll have to wait a few years before letting you know how well they've held up.

    You sure? That's a surpirse. IIRC Matt's are bemberg. (when they have a lining [​IMG])
     


  6. mafoofan

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    You sure? That's a surpirse. IIRC Matt's are bemberg. (when they have a lining [​IMG])

    I believe Matt's are also silk; I seem to recall this exact conversation coming up a couple of times and Matt vouching for the durability of silk.

    If the linings of my jackets aren't silk, they're certainly something different from standard bemberg. The fabric is more matte; it feels less slick and more porous.
     


  7. JayJay

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    Most Black Fleece jackets have cotton linings.
     


  8. vitaminc

    vitaminc Senior member

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    Thanks for the responses. I am shopping for fabrics for my future suit lining (heavily patterned, think kimono) so want to make sure I am getting the right material. Cotton doesn't sound all very exciting and breathable. Men-made materials are not as luxurious (?) and my concern with silk is it wears worm. Maybe thinner/lighter weave silk?
     


  9. JayJay

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    Cotton doesn't sound all very exciting and breathable.

    It bunches in the sleeves and back a lot, too.
     


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    I have a German-made coat that is 70 years old lined in its original silk which is well intact.
     


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    I have had a few suits made and searched far and wide for certain graphic linings (e.g., skulls). I found material, but was strongly advised by a few NY clothiers that it was crucial to get the appropriate lining material. The wrong material can adversely effect the appearance of a custom suit after cleaning. If the lining material and suit material have differing shrinkage tendencies, the lining will no longer fit the suit properly.
     


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    They're all lined with Bemberg (rayon) or Emerzine (IIRC viscose). Silk linings are not good- hot and fragile.

    I don't recommend silk - it wears very warm and is fragile. Most tailors do not recommed it and use it only when pressed.

    This is what my guy says...he'll do it if one insists, but considers it a poor choice.

    My recent stuff has been all Ermazine.

    - B
     


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    Toiletduck Senior member

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    is it easy to replace lining?
     


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    My Rubinacci jackets are lined with silk; .

    Was not aware that you had Rubinacci jackets.

    is it easy to replace lining?

    Yes, by a competent tailor.



    I prefer unlined jackets and most of mine are either unlined or quarter/butterfly lined. I think unlined jackets are a thing of beauty, even though no one really sees the inside, but I am an odd duck.
     


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