Interlinings give a tailored garment its form. Wool padding, interfacing and hymo hair canvas, often using horsehair for stiffness, are manipulated using a variety of specific stitches such as pad, running and back which reinforce and mould aspects of the jacket over which the wool of the garment is attached.
In Inside Out, Jennifer Smith-Windsor brings these interlinings front and centre, showcasing the hidden protagonists of the tailored jacket. Taking a commercially prepared hymo hair canvas front with padding and interfacing attached, Jennifer covered it with stitches taken from the tailor’s repertoire. In so doing, these ‘work horses’ of the jacket have lost their practical application and become purely decorative. The fine cloth of the garment takes a back seat and acts as a mere back drop.